Practice buzz August 7, 2008

Dog Days of Two-A-Days
Eight practices down for the Crimson Tide. The doldrums of summer have been replaced by the drills of fall. Although it is still the scorching hot temperatures of summer.

“I’ve been really pleased and happy about the way our team has progressed,” Saban said.  “This is kind of the dog days of two-a-days.  It’s hot everywhere.  Everybody is sore and tired everywhere in the SEC and everybody we have to play.  The teams that manage that the best and continue to persevere and improve in difficult circumstances are the ones that have the chance to make the most significant improvement.”

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Fans looking for signs of an improved fourth quarter team should take heart. Saban said the conditioning work from the summer is paying dividends.

“I think the hard work that the players did this summer, relative to their conditioning, is probably helping them a little bit,” Saban said.

Freshmen Update
Saban and the staff are happy with the development of the freshmen.

“Some of them are making progress and some of them struggle a little more in the difficult circumstances, but we are pleased and happy with where those guys are and we want to work with them everyday so we can take them from where they are and continue to get better and improve,” Saban said.

Personnel
WR Chris Jackson returned to practice Thursday.

Junior RB Baron Huber was riding an exercise bike during Thursday’s practice session. Saban said he suffered from a “little concussion.”

Junior defensive back Ali Shareef was wearing a black no-contact jersey, but participated in drills. Saban said he suffered from a “little concussion.”

Friday
Thursday was a single practice session. Friday is a return to two-a-days with a morning and evening session.

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