Alabama Football Beats The Heat
It wasn't revealed if Alabama Coach Nick Saban used the "H" word Wednesday. But as he frequently says, "Your actions speak so loud, I can't hear what you're saying."
Regardless of how it went down, with temperatures reaching triple digits on Wednesday, the Alabama football team moved practice indoors to the climate controlled Hank Crisp Indoor Facility for the first time this fall. The Crimson Tide held a two-hour practice session in shells.
"It was kind of an unexpected bone that Coach Saban threw us," junior center William Vlachos said about moving practice indoors due to the heat. "That hasn't happened often, if ever as far as I can remember.
"It was a scorcher and it has been hot all of camp, but when you go in there you have to fly around and pick up the intensity and finish with a little extra or you will never get to do it again. It was nice to be able to go in there today and we got some good work in."
The indoor facility is used primarily to get the team indoors when lightning is in the area or when the team is working on some aspect of a game plan that requires more than usual secrecy. It is, however, considered a good option to avoid heat and allow players to concentrate on their assignments.
Coach Saban was not available for comment after the practice. Vlachos was among the players asked about the report that pro scouts have been barred from Alabama practices, at least temporarily, and presumably to draw attention to Saban's desire for the NFL and/or the NFL Players Association to have sanctions for sports agents who jeopardize the eligibility of college players.
Alabama and the NCAA have been investigating a situation in which Bama's Marcell Dareus (among a number of top collge players) may have had improper contact with an agent this summer.
Vlachos said the players were not aware of the situation, "but Coach Saban has a reason for everything he does."
Dareus, a junior defensive lineman, was named to the Ted Hendricks Awards Watch List Tuesday. The Hendricks Award, now entering its ninth season, is given to the best defensive end in the nation. David Pollack of Georgia is the only Southeastern Conference player to ever win the award, bringing home the honor in 2003 and 2004. Dareus was the defensive MVP of the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game.
The University said that fans can continue to catch action from Alabama's fall camp this week with College Football Special: Alabama All-Access. The week-long series airs each night in thirty-minute installments at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPNU. Next week an hour-long program titled Training Days: Rolling with the Alabama Crimson Tide, will air Wednesday night at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The Crimson Tide will have their second two-a-day of fall camp tomorrow with two-hour practices at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
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