September 27, 2006

Practice Report: Thinking positive

The Alabama Crimson Tide saw another day of spectacular weather in Tuscaloosa for Wednesday's shorts and shoulder pads practice session and whether the weather has affected them or not, the Tide players and coaches seem to be taking a positive approach to what could have been a down week.

"We had two pretty good practices," said head coach Mike Shula. "We've got to cover a lot of things because of how much Florida does. Our guys are moving around pretty good despite being a little nicked up. I think our guys realize we're playing a really, really good football team. They know we're going to have to play the best football game we've played all year just to have a chance."

"I think we've been too occupied with Florida this week to be worried about what happened last week," Shula said. "I told them that they need to hang onto it a little, have it burn inside you. You don't want to feel like you did after last week's game."

Shula mentioned that things like missed extra points and field goals can have a tendency to discourage the rest of the team but the coaching staff is making sure that during a game and in the weeks to follow that the team can let go of missed opportunities.

"It's surprising. You can't take it for granted. One thing that's more surprising is that when you miss one it always seems to haunt you," Shula said. "We try not to let it be demoralizing to the team. It's obviously a downer."

Injury Report

Ezekial Knight is undergoing some examinations after experiencing dizziness and missing practice all this week so far.

Terrence Jones has been much more involved in practice this week, according to Shula, and will be evaluated after Thursday's practice to see if he will be ready to play against Florida.

Jamie Christensen "His timing is better," Shula said. "He's getting into a little bit more of a groove. We'll see how he feels tomorrow and probably make a decision on Saturday. He's better now than he was last week at this time."

Notes and Quotes

* Shula on the Iron Bowl:

"It's everything; the intensity, the fans, the state of Alabama. There's no riding the fence. It's talked about every day of the year. The bragging rights are huge in the south. They talk about history the day of the game, they bring former Alabama and Auburn players back. The kids grow up either loving Alabama or loving Auburn. A lot of them know each other from grade school, and now they're playing in front of 90,000 and the country."

* Greg McElroy has played both Chris Leak and Tim Tebow on the scout team in practice this week. Shula said McElroy has done a nice job playing both roles and has given the defense a good feel for what they'll be facing in terms of speed and versatility.

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