Aug. 21, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team began preparations for Clemson on Thursday afternoon during a two-hour workout at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
"Tuesday and Monday were two fundamental days," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Today we practiced a little like it was a Monday practice, which means we started some primary preparations for our first game of the season against Clemson. I think the biggest thing we are trying to get our players to learn to do is how to prepare for a game. Everybody on the team has a role for preparation for a game."
The Crimson Tide squares off with No. 9 Clemson on Saturday, Aug. 30, inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised nationally on ABC.
"We had a good first day," Saban said. "We did a little bit more today than we usually do. I think it was a good start. I was pleased with the players' intensity and attitude towards trying to learn. You always make mistakes but that is why you practice."
The Clemson game will kickoff Alabama's second season under Saban. The Crimson Tide boasts an 89-21-3 all-time record in season-opening games after knocking off Western Carolina 52-6 to begin the 2007 season.
"We have had a good camp and had a good chance to evaluate most of the players. We kind of know who we are going to go out there and work with. In some cases we are working with more than one player at a certain position. Those things may not be decided until game day."
Thursday's practice also included a visit from actor Tom Arnold, who was a guest of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore.
Tide center Antoine Caldwell was named to the Rimington Award fall watch list on Thursday. The Rimington Award goes annually to the nation's top center. There were 43 centers from across the country listed on the initial list, including five from the Southeastern Conference.