Week without Pads Wraps Up

Alabama's Thursday afternoon practices was a typically light shorts and helmets workout lasting just a bit over an hour, culminating a week of practice without pads for a battered football team.

"I think overall we had a better practice today," Shula said. "Practicing the whole week without being in pads helped. They realize it's going to be a physical and fast football game."

"We know we're going to have to play our best," he said. "It's going to be tough enough playing them and beating them without beating ourselves."

Shula said that Wesley Britt and Charlie Peprah had done more work as the week progressed, but both are game time decisions to play Saturday. Peprah injured his hamstring while Britt has missed practice time with a foot injury.

Shula said Clint Johnston, who did not play against Mississippi State, has looked good in practice. He said that any more injuries to the tight end position might cause a change in game plan, but not with Johnston healthy.

Shula said that considering playing a true freshman yet to play at this point in the season if injury forced it was something he has considered, Nick Walker for Johnston, or Antoine Caldwell on the offensive line, for example.

"I asked that question before to the (coaches) who have done this before," Shula said. "In my mind, if that were to happen this time of year we would want it to be where whoever comes in plays in every game, the last two games and the bowl. Still, the bottom line is you've got to do what it takes to win."

Alabama once again used manufactured crowd noise Thursday and notes of LSU's Golden Band from Tiger Land. Shula said his squad responded to the noise well. He will also take his team to Baton Rouge and have a walk through on Friday to get his players accustomed to the stadium.

"I think it's been good for us with the guys that are playing just coming out of high school," he said. "Just kind of get the in the feel, I think it's helped."

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