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Crimson Tide Gets Back to Work after Two-Day Break

Alabama holds 20th practice of preseason camp on Tuesday in full pads

Alabama continues preperations for the 2011 season opener against Kent State (Courtesy:Alabama Athletic Media Relations)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team returned to the practice field in full pads with a two-hour workout session Tuesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields. It is the first time the Crimson Tide has hit the field since Saturday’s second scrimmage of the fall.

“We have been off for two days, and obviously this is the time you try to get your players back,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Tuesday. “At the same time, there is a lot of fundamental improvement that we need to make. I think the things coming out of the scrimmage that we need to improve on are mental toughness as a team, especially the younger players to be able to persevere, sustain and finish plays.”

It was the 20th practice of preseason training camp on Tuesday as the Crimson Tide moved into more of a game-week practice schedule with the season opener just 11 days away. Alabama will continue to work on aspects of various opponents before focusing in on Kent State.

“This week, the focus is on improvement and the things we need to improve on as a team,” Saban said. “We will also look at some things that our first four opponents do that is a little bit different, and we will probably start working on Kent State on Friday.”

The Crimson Tide will kick off the 2011 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11:21 a.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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