Grant in Doubt

Grant in Doubt

Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said Saturday after Alabama's paltry one touchdown showing against Vanderbilt that execution in the running game was the primary culprit, and on Wednesday Shula exited the two most physical days of practice this week thinking much happier thoughts about his team's execution in practice.

"This week we have to do everything better," he said. "Hopefully, based on the way we practiced the last two days we'll play better. I thought we had better practice yesterday and a real good practice today."

"Hopefully it's a good indication," he said. "Sometimes you practice poorly and play great. Sometimes you practice great and play poorly."

Given the option, the Crimson Tide would rather practice great and take its chances.

Terry Grant nursed a sore shoulder suffered on a kickoff return against Vanderbilt last week, and after practicing yesterday was held out and deemed doubtful for the Louisiana-Monroe game.

Shula said D.J. Hall was most likely to take over as deep man for Grant on kickoff returns, but that Matt Caddell and Rashad Johnson were also options for the duties. Grant is within the window for a medical redshirt if his injury were to be season-ending.

"Jamie Christensen seemed to be getting better yesterday and ended up being sore today," Shula said, "so I'm not sure if he's going to play."

Shula also updated running back Glen Coffee's status, saying he would be out for at least a couple of more weeks.

"He's doing light jogging," Shula said, "no change of direction or full speed, not yet.

Shula also discussed the raise and contract extension through 2008 that was granted his offensive and defensive coordinators on Wednesday.

"I'm happy that they're going to be with us," Shula said. "That to me is a sign that our University wants to continue to show stability as much as you possibly can in this profession. Personally, I'm just happy for them because both of them are very important to me as fellow coaches and more importantly as friends."

The Tuscaloosa News reported on its web site that Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines received a $60,000 raise to $300,000 per year and that Offensive Coordinator Dave Rader got a $16,275 bump to $233,275 Wednesday, with each getting an extension through 2008.

Mal Moore received a raise of $75,000 brining his annual salary to $400,000, and baseball Coach Jim Wells got a raise bringing the total value of his contract to $325,000, and both contracts were extended to 2011, the report said.

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