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Maintaining morale

Like a boxer reeling from one too many overhand rights to the head, Alabama is now a team on the ropes. Injuries are obviously a huge concern. But as much as anything else Tide Head Coach Mike Shula must deal with team morale. <br><br>"I'd be lying if I said the spirits weren't down," Shula said. "But we've got to make a difference."

Having lost its last three games, Alabama's season mark now stands at 2-4. The Tide needs to get things turned around--and turned around quickly. Shula commented, "We'll talk about that with the staff, whether or not we need to try things like shortening practice or getting on guys hard in practice. We are beat up a little bit. "Obviously everyone's spirits are down." It's not that Alabama...