published Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Alabama Crimson Tide's Nick Saban pleased after first day of pads

Alabama’s top-ranked football team worked indoors for two hours Tuesday afternoon, the team’s first practice in full pads.

Coach Nick Saban was pleased with the mental intensity of his players as well as their attention to detail. Saban said the past two motivational speakers to visit with his team — former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and former New York Jets coach Herm Edwards — have been two of his favorites.

“I’m not disappointed in where our team is,” Saban said, “but we have a lot of guys who need to improve at certain positions. We’re working hard to do that.”

Saban described redshirt sophomore LaMichael Fanning as “a work in progress” at tight end after the 6-foot-7, 270-pounder from Hamilton, Ga., moved from the defensive line before the start of camp. Coaches have not decided whether Fanning’s move to offense will be permanent.

Senior walk-on receiver Tyler Bass of Birmingham suffered an ankle injury that required surgery and will be out the rest of the month and part of the season.

Contact David Paschall at or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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