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Alabama Continues Preparation for Hawai'i as Game Week Begins



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- Game week has finally arrived for The University of Alabama football team. 

The Crimson Tide football team practiced for almost two hours in full pads Sunday afternoon as they began their game-week preparation for the Saturday, September 2, 2006 season opener against Hawai'i in newly-expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"I thought today was a good day and it was a good start to the week," Alabama head coach Mike Shula.  "The kids were bouncing around a little better today, so I think the day off really helped them.  We just continued our preparation from last Wednesday and Thursday.  We had a good mock game on Friday and covered a lot of things there.  We have had some extra days of preparation and we will kind of repeat everything this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."

Alabama will take Monday off and resume its game preparation for Hawai'i on Tuesday with a 4:15 p.m. practice at the Thomas-Drew practice field.

The Alabama-Hawai'i game will kickoff at 6:07 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and will be televised through the Crimson Tide Sports Network on a pay-per-view basis.  To order the game, call you local cable operator.  The Alabama-Hawai'i game will also be available on DirecTV and Dish Network.