April 19, 2007

Practice Report: Tide ready for A-Day

With the weather finally starting to warm up and the fan anticipation at its peak, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide wrapped up their final spring practice before Saturday's A-Day spring game working in shorts and spider pads. Saban said the practice was more than simply a game prep session for Saturday.

"We practiced in spider pads and helmets but we practiced. We're not practicing for the spring game, we're practicing to get better," Saban said.

Saban revealed following practice that the format for Saturday's game will be a first team-versus-first team exhibition, assuring fans a highly competitive contest in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.

"I think at this stage in our development, the best thing for our football team is to play our good players against our good players," Saban said. "We'll put the offense and the second defense on a team and we'll put the first defense and the second offense on one team. They'll basically play against each other which is how we scrimmage most of the time. Nobody knows what the right way is so each year you try to figure out what is best for your team and I think where we are with a new offense and new defense, we want to put the guys in the most competitive situation as a team."

"If we were looking for show dogs, we'd put them all on the same team and let them show off," Saban said. "If we're looking for hunting dogs, we put them in a competitive situation and see which ones can find the ducks."

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