Photo report: Summer lifting continues

It's a truism that coaches love to quote. Championship teams are forged in the blistering heat of summer workouts. <br><br>While emphasizing running and conditioning, Tide Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Pollard continues to push his athletes to get stronger across the board.

With Theo Sanders, Clint Johnston and Nautyn-McKay Loescher in the background, Wesley Britt presses the weight overhead. Coach Pollard likes to group athletes together that will push each other along, and those four are among the best weight lifters on the squad.

Sophomore safety Chris James works on the flat bench press. After redshirting his first season on campus, this will be James' third year at Alabama. Those that remember him as a relatively skinny true freshman will appreciate the progress James has made in the weight room.

Dennis Alexander warms up with stepovers before lifting. At 6-6, 300+ pounds, Alexander is one of the biggest athletes on the squad. At this point he is projected as part of the playing rotation at offensive guard.

Jarret Johnson (near) and Boone Stutz (background) work on their footwork during the ladder drill. Stutz is the No. 2 long snapper on the squad, plus he's added offensive tackle to his resume' this year. Johnson, of course, is one of Alabama's top candidates for All-America honors at defensive tackle.

Sophomore quick guard Justin Smiley prepares to lift. Following up his freshman All-America year, Smiley has been named to several pre-season All-SEC squads.

Donald Clarke demonstrates one of the key points to a successful hang clean: use your agility to get up under the weight and then use your leg muscles to stand upright. Clarke will be a junior in 2002, and at this point he'd be the top blocking tight end on the team.

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