Alabama Holds Annual Fan Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.(RollTide.com) - The University of Alabama football team held its annual Fan Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The day featured a two-hour open practice followed by a 45-minute autograph session for an estimated 2,500 fans.
Saturday's open practice lasted roughly two hours with the team working in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) in the midday heat. The Tide focused on basic offensive, defensive and special teams drills during the third session of fall camp. Following the practice, the players and coaches signed autographs to conclude the day's festivities.
Saturday's practice was the third of fall camp in a series of 25 practices for the Crimson Tide as it prepares for the season-opening contest with No. 3 Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The matchup between the Tide and Seminoles is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on ABC.
"My focus is on my craft. Every day you go out there and try to improve, to be a better quarterback. Whatever your position is whether it's defensive back, running back; whether it's the DC or the OC; whatever your role is on the team, your goal is to improve every day."
On how dynamic this offense can be:
"The key to being dynamic is that you have to execute. We can't do anything if we don't execute. That's the key to all this stuff. If you execute, the sky's the limit."
"It's great when a defense can do that. For one, it takes a lot of pressure off of the offense, and the team as whole. It also hurts the other team when a defense is scoring touchdowns because you really can't stop it. It just knocks them down a little bit and cuts their morale down when you can score on defense. When we do that, it's a real plus for us."
"I'm ecstatic about the opportunity. I'm embracing the challenge and the role that the guys before me have set. I'm going to try to step in and be just as good as they were, and I want to be just as good of a leader as they were."
"The intensity has been great. A lot of these guys come out to practice and they're ready to work. I'm just excited for this whole team and ready for the season to start. We're looking forward to the first game."
On taking a leadership role on the defense:
"I think I'm ready for this role, especially after being around guys who've been seniors like me. Coming up under Reuben Foster and guys like him last year, learning how they went about things, that really helped show me the role that I need to fill as a team leader this year."
On his experience at Alabama heading into his senior year:
"It's been fun. I'm so thankful that I came to Alabama, and it is way beyond football. Football's been a lot of fun. We've had a lot of really cool experiences as a team, but I'm so thankful for the people I've met, the growth I've had. It's been an amazing three years. I wouldn't trade it for anything, honestly."