Bama takes practice inside

TUSCALOOSA, AL. The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

"We had two really good practices last night and today," head coach Nick Saban said. "I think the intensity and spirit is coming back a little bit with the players. I was disappointed with the practice Monday morning.

"I think with the heat, coming off a scrimmage, coming off of a day off probably affected everybody's focus and ability to sustain what we were trying to do. I was really pleased that the players bounced back and did very well last night and today."

The Tide will shift into a new practice schedule Wednesday with the start of fall classes at the Capstone. The team will now practice at 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for the last week and a half of fall camp before getting into their normal game week schedule beginning August 30.

"It is really important for our players to do the right things when it comes to academics," Saban said. "We've been pleased with what we have been able to accomplish here academically, in terms of our graduation rate and freshmen making the All-SEC Honor Roll."

On Monday, Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy was named to the Manning Award Watch List. The Manning Award, which is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is given to the nation's top signal caller. The award is named in honor of former Southeastern Conference greats Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. McElroy is one of three SEC quarterbacks named to the watch list, joining Ryan Mallett of Arkansas and Jordan Jefferson of LSU.

Alabama received more preseason accolades Tuesday with sophomore linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Nico Johnson being named to the Butkus Award Watch List. The award is given to the nation's top linebacker. Former Alabama All-American Rolando McClain won the award last season and was then selected eighth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

Tide fans can get an inside look at Alabama's fall camp with ESPN's Training Days: Rolling with the Alabama Crimson Tide. The hour long program will air Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on ESPNU and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics