Alabama practices in full pads for 1st time; Saban looking for more focus on intangibles

Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks to the media after practice, Tuesday, August 5, 2014. (

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama practiced in full pads for the first time since starting fall camp, and it was a humid, hot day in Tuscaloosa as the team continues preparations for its Aug. 30 season opener against West Virginia in Atlanta.

It was the fifth preseason practice of the 28 on slate for the Crimson Tide, coming on the heels of Fan Day, which was held Sunday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Nick Saban said afterwards that he feels his team needs to focus more on the intangibles like mental toughness and effort.

[SLIDESHOW: Alabama preseason practice]

"None of those things take a lot of ability, but they do take mental toughness, a mindset of perseverance that takes a pretty good amount of maturity," Saban said. "That's something I'd like to see from more players on our team." Alabama will begin installing its overall team philosophies Wednesday while continuing to work on its fundamentals. Saban said all of the quarterbacks competing for the starting job have performed well thus far. "We make a lot of explosive plays and we're doing a good job of getting the ball in the guys that can make those plays' hands," he said. Saban said there are no injuries to report. 'Bama will get back on the field Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. The team's second practice will start at 7:30 p.m.{}