Late December afternoons don’t get much nicer than today’s.
So Alabama took its operation outdoors. In the first trip outside since opening prep for the BCS title game on Dec. 19, there was a specialized focus.
It was all about the kicking game. The relatively low ceiling of the indoor complex doesn’t create the ideal space for special teams action.
“The whole timing of catching punts relative to the punt return or kickoffs relative to the kickoff return or the coverage team trying to position themselves based on the punt ― it’s not possible to do that indoors,” coach Nick Saban said. “We’ve been looking for a day when we could go out and it worked out perfect for us today.”
Twice as much time was spent on the kicking game on Saturday, Saban said.
There were other fringe benefits enjoyed.
“It felt good,” senior offensive lineman Alfred McCullough said. “The turf does something to your body when you’re in there so many days. It felt good to really get on some real grass.”
It might be a while before Alabama practices in the sun shine. After arriving in New Orleans next week, all practices are schedule for the Superdome or the Saints’ indoor facility.
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