Quarterback Brodie Croyle prepares to clean the bar to chest level. Since the start of Winter term, the Alabama squad has been working out on a daily basis, lifting weights and conditioning in preparation for spring football drills.
Junior defensive end Todd Bates works on his biceps. Bates missed most of last winter's weight training work, recovering from groin surgery. Finally healthy and able to go full out, Bates expects to get significantly stronger before next fall.
Sophomore Freddie Roach takes a break from lifting. Having earned Freshman All-America honors last season, Roach could end up as a four-year starter for Alabama at middle linebacker.
Roman Harper easily clears the last hurdle. With football players, it's all about "explosion." After working hard on their hang clean, the athletes reinforce the motion by hopping flat footed over five hurdles in a row. Actually, athletes like Harper have to tone down their hops somewhat, otherwise they risk getting too high and out of control.