Aug. 27, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team moved its Thursday practice inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility as heavy thunderstorms soaked the University.
The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in shells as they began game-week preparations for the seventh-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. The Tide and Hokies are slated to kickoff inside the Georgia Dome in just nine days. The game will be broadcast on ABC and will kick off just after 7 p.m. (CDT).
"It's kind of a judgment day for all of us, as far as where we are as a team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "We've worked hard in the offseason, and everything you do in the offseason really leads up to what you do in the game.
"What our commitment is to a standard of excellence will certainly be the trademark of this team in terms of how they play, what they do and how they compete down in and down out to dominate the other team. That is sort of a mental toughness thing."
The Crimson Tide returns to the practice field on Friday as they install the game plan for Virginia Tech. UA is scheduled to practice at 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.