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Crimson Tide Continues Working towards Season Opener



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football completed its third week of practice with a two-hour session in full pads Thursday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.  The Crimson Tide worked through another hot and humid day on the practice field, as temperatures exceeded 100 degrees and the heat index topped the 110-degree mark.

The Crimson Tide is scheduled to practice again Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m., before taking Sunday off.  The team will resume game-week activities on Monday, Aug. 27, which will include Coach Saban’s weekly press conference at 11:30 a.m.

Alabama opens the 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 1, against Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The game will be televised by the Crimson Tide Sports Network on a pay-per-view basis beginning at 6:07 p.m. 

Head Football Coach Nick Saban said that sophomore fullback Baron Huber (Knoxville, Tenn.) suffered a thigh bruise on Wednesday and senior kicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) was making progress (quad).  Both are listed as day-to-day.

Coach Saban and junior quarterback John Parker Wilson addressed the media following Thursday’s practice.

Head Coach Nick Saban:
“We have pushed through three good work days this week.  We did some things for our opponents down the road, which I think will be beneficial.  It probably confuses the players a little bit right now, but better now than during game week.  We will probably do one more day like that and Saturday we will start our preparation for Western Carolina and the season opener. 

“I wasn’t especially pleased (with today’s practice).  We practiced really well the last two days, but today we did not have as much intensity and as much energy as we would liked to have.  I think everybody can learn something from this.  It’s all about how you think.  There is an event that you have, which our event today was practice.  Then there is a perception of how that even is going to be. 

“That is how you become a consistent player.  That is how you become a consistent performer.  That is how you get consistency in perforce, so you can be successful. Today was one of those days we struggled a little bit in that regard. I’m sure when we watch the film it won’t be quite as bad as I thought it was.  We would like for the players to have more positive thoughts about practice, have fun in practice and look forward to how they can improve in practice and how it will help them play better in games.  We want more positive thoughts, rather than the difficulty of it all.  How difficult the circumstances are.”

Junior Quarterback John Parker WIlson
“The big thing he (Coach Saban) is talking about is every play, every repetition on every day of practice we have to go out there and do our jobs. We are really striving to be consistent. We have to get there to be a good team, we are not there yet. It takes every day coming to practice with the right mind set. Coach Saban is trying to get us mentally prepared to go to practice every day, so the weather or an interception does not affect the next play.”