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Alabama Works towards Season Opener



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football team continued its preparation for Saturday’s season opener with a two-hour practice in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility. Alabama will host Western Carolina this Saturday, Sept. 1 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis with kickoff set for 6:07 p.m. (CDT).

The team will return to practice Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility and the Crimson Tide will hold its final practice of the week on Thursday at 3:50 p.m., and holding a brief walk-thru on Friday.  All practices are closed to the public.

Several Alabama players addressed the media following Tuesday’s workout, including sophomore fullback Baron Huber (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore wide receiver Mike McCoy (Rankin, Miss.), who are expected to make their first career start against Western Carolina.

Sophomore fullback Baron Huber

(On making his first career start)
“This is a very exciting time. I have worked very hard to get to this point and now I am able to contribute a lot more this season that I was in seasons past.  It’s fun to be able to see the other side of Alabama football and make contributions.  I am real excited about that and I just thank God for the opportunity.”
(On the excitement surrounding the first game)
“With Alabama football people are going to be excited no matter what it is.  That is one of the great things about playing here.  There is always going to be excitement.  I don’t feel any added pressure.  I just feel fortunate to be in this situation and want to go out and perform.”
Sophomore wide receiver Mike McCoy

(On making his first career start)
“It was a surprise, but I felt like I have worked pretty hard.  I am prepared for it.  I just want to help the team any way that I can.  Nikita (Stover) and I have been working with the first team for a while.  We switch it up a little bit.  He works a series and then I work a series.”

(On opening night jitters)
I’ve prepared for it.  The A-Day game pretty much got all my jitters out; seeing the big crowd and the excitement.  I’m just going to go out and play as hard as I can.  I am just going to focus on what I have to do and the job at hand.  I will do everything I can to help the team.”

(On his style of play)
“I will do whatever the team needs.  Whatever the coaches ask of me, I will do it.  It does not matter if I do not catch a pass the entire game.  If they need me to block, then I will be a blocking machine if I have too.”