The Crimson Tide softball team began practice last week after having its season abruptly cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday night Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy appeared on Hey Coach/The Nick Saban show hosted by Alabama play-by-play announcer, Eli Gold. Coach Murphy was asked about how the team has adjusted to the changes of practicing during this pandemic.

"I have to give it up to our team doctor's and trainers," Murphy said. "It has been one heck of an effort. We can't thank them enough. When we started all this, we said this is either gonna defeat you, depress you or develop you. We are gonna be better people and learn from all of this.

Coach Murphy was asked about not having fall practices and the challenges of only having scrimmages.

"You know one of my most favorite times of the year is when we can play fall ball in front of our fans," Murphy said. "It is also when the freshman get to put on that uniform for the first time. It is kind of like a dress rehearsal for the spring really. We are gonna have inter-squad practice every weekend and prepare the same as we would normally prepare for the season."

Coach Murphy spoke on having an extra year of eligibility and how exciting that is for the team.

"There is a lot of competition at practice," Murphy said. "From the beginning of this the name of the game is being a competitor. There is a lot of competition at practice so if you want to compete, this is year. We have a lot of depth and a lot of talent."

As all of the seven seniors return for Alabama, the competition will be intense. The Crimson Tide will look to make a big impact in the SEC this season, whenever that season begins.

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