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8/16/18 MFB Practice Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70)Alabama Brent Key Offensive Line Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher (71) Photo by Kent Gidley 8/16/18 MFB Practice Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70)Alabama Brent Key Offensive Line Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher (71) Photo by Kent Gidley
8/16/18 MFB Practice
Alabama wide receiver Tyrell Shavers (14)
Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide caps last full week of practice before academic year begins

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama put the final touches on preparations for its second scrimmage of fall camp during a two-hour practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields on Friday.

Friday’s helmets and shoulder pads session was the 13th in a series of 25 practices for the Crimson Tide as it prepares for its season-opening contest with Louisville in the Camping World Kickoff Game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 1. The match-up between the Tide and Cardinals is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

The Crimson Tide will move over to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday for closed scrimmage that is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT. Alabama will be off Sunday following the scrimmage and will return to the practice field on Monday, Aug. 20.

Alabama returns 12 starters from last season’s squad that finished 13-1 and won the school’s 17th national championship. The Tide has claimed four of the last six SEC titles and five of the last nine national championships. Across the last 10 seasons under head coach Nick Saban Alabama owns a 125-14 (.899) record.