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Equipment mangers unload the truck

Photograph By John Loomis

After the team walk-through on Thursday Alabama players are given mesh equipment bags to load any and all equipment they want for the game. Each student manager is assigned a handful of players that they work with to guarantee nothing -- extra cleats, mouthguards, knee braces --gets left behind. When space is limited inside visiting locker rooms, sometimes during games the team is forced to store these crates inside the showers.