Drills give coaches an early look

So long as no football-specific drills are practiced, NCAA rules allow for off-season conditioning work, including total-team sessions. <br><br>Last Wednesday the strength and conditioning coaches put the squad through its paces in the Indoor Facility, which also gave the new staff members an early look at their players.

(above left) Offensive Line Coach Bobby Connelly watches closely as the players go through a shuttle run.

With the athletes doing power skips in the background, new Defensive Ends Coach Paul Randolph observes the action.

Everyone has to have his own claim to fame, and there is little doubt which athlete has the most impressive "guns" on the squad--as he demonstrates here during stretching. And oh yeah, senior Cornelius Wortham is a pretty fair starting linebacker as well.

Of course the various drills were all planned and supervised by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Pollard, but Head Coach Mike Price was a keen observer of everything that happened. Here he addresses the team before the serious action began. (That's son and Offensive Coordinator Eric Price listening at the right)

If Bama's defensive linemen underachieve, it won't be for lack of coaching. Buddy Wyatt (shown observing warmp-ups) and Randolph will tag-team the Tide D-Linemen, coaching tackles and ends respectively.

With the offense standing immediately behind, waiting their turn, the defense fires off the line for one of several wind sprints run at the end of Wednesday's session. If any player made a mistake (stumbled, started early)--or worse, didn't give maximum effort--then the entire unit ran over. By the end of Wednesday's session, more than a few athletes were completely spent.

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