Backup quarterback Brodie Croyle rares back to throw during practice. One of the most highly touted recruits in recent years, Croyle has an outstanding arm and is expected to play early and often this season.
Taking a break from the heat in the air-conditioned comfort of the indoor practice facility, junior tailback Santonio Beard (#34) talks with senior defensive end Kindal Moorehead (#54).
Normally he's one of the most cheerful players on the squad, but the camera caught senior center Alonzo Ephraim in a sour moment.
Rodney Brown and his training staff are absolutely invaluable to the squad. Here sophomore linebacker Jason Rawls gets his calf taped.
Jarret Johnson and Coach Franchione talk for a moment during a break. Elected permanent team captain as a junior, Johnson is once again filling a leadership role for the team.
Scattering the tackling dummies like so many bowling pins, junior defensive tackle Anthony Bryant wreaks havoc during a pass-rush drill.
The Tide staff is serious about keeping the squad hydrated and rested. Left to right Danny Martz (#79), Matt Lomax (#69), Bart Raulston (#77) and Justin Smiley (#78) take a water break.
Proving conclusively that chivalry most definitely is NOT dead, redshirt freshman Charlie Peprah lugs bags of ice for a female trainer. Peprah was trudging off the field, headed to the lockerroom and a welcome shower, when he spotted the Bama 'damsel in distress' and hurried over to help.