April 19, 2007

Tide closes in on A-Day

One month ago, the world new almost nothing about what the Crimson Tide football team would look like under its new head coach Nick Saban. Thirteen spring practice later, the world doesn't know much more than it did at the start but that could all change Saturday when for the first time, a Nick Saban coached Crimson Tide team will take the field with a public audience looking on. The A-Day spring game will cap off what the Tide players have almost unanimously described as a very intense spring.

"We've made tons of progress. We're learning what he expects from us and what each individual position coach wants from us," said offensive guard Justin Britt. "As an offensive line, we've made a lot of individual progress. Everything was basically new for us.

"He's made an impact, that's for sure. We're all better because of it. We know what kind of intensity level he expects from us and he's made a big difference."

The Tide players say they understand and share the excitement of the fans and look forward to practicing in front of what many anticipate will be a sizable crowd on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"Everybody wants to see what Saban's going to do," said cornerback Lionel Mitchell. "That's the way it's been ever since he said he was going to be our coach. For us it's just hard work, for everybody else they are just into our program now because he's here."

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