TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama coach Nick Saban says the
players responded well in their first practice in full pads.
Saban said Tuesday that the two-hour workout was "probably one
of the better ones we have had." He says he saw improvement in the
Crimson Tide's intensity, effort and toughness.
But Saban says there are plenty of areas that need improvement
over the remaining practices.
He says a number of veterans are providing strong examples and
the younger players' chance to contribute to the team "will be
based largely on their maturity, ability to learn, execute and play
winning football at their position."
It was the Tide's fifth practice. Alabama holds its first
two-a-day practices Wednesday and is set to scrimmage for the first
time on Saturday.