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Crimson Tide Puts in Good Work for Virginia Tech Game



Aug. 29, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in pads Saturday afternoon, the third consecutive day of game planning for next week’s season opener against Virginia Tech.

No. 5 Alabama will meet No. 7 Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports with kick off just after 7 p.m. (CST).

“We’ve gotten a couple of good days of work in and a couple of good days of work in pads to improve fundamentally and start preparation for this game,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Saturday’s practice.

“I think it’s very important that when we come back to work on Monday that the players focus on Virginia Tech.  This is a tremendous opportunity for them to show who they are and it’s going to take a full tank, no doubt, for each individual player to participate and give us the best opportunity to have any success in this game. Virginia Tech is a very, very good team.  They have a lot of players back.  They are very good on defense and special teams.”

Alabama will not practice on Sunday and will begin its normal game week routine with a 3:30 p.m. practice Monday afternoon.