Countdown to Kickoff
Crimson Tide Has Shorter, Crisper Practice



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team worked just under two hours in helmets, shorts and shoulder pads Wednesday afternoon as preparations continue for the Saturday, September 2 season opener against the University of Hawai'i at the newly expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"I thought yesterday was just an OK practice and I thought today was much better," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "We got them off the field a little bit quicker today and guys moved around a lot better.  The thing we have to make sure we do this week is get lined up and tighten up all the things we do that happen before the snap.   As coaches, we have to let these guys go play.  Let them make the plays.  We have to get the right people in the right positions and let them make the plays."

Shula also talked about opening the season against Hawai'i.

"Hawai'i is going to be very opportunistic on both sides of the football.  They will spread you out and make plays on offense, whether throwing it down the field or underneath.  On defense, they like to blitz and they feed off turnovers.  They try to get pressure and confusion and get you in third-and-long situations."

Alabama will hold its final practice Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Thomas-Drew practice facility. 

*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.  Fans in Alabama and Hawai'i may order the game by calling their local cable outlets.  The game will also be available through ESPN GamePlan (except Alabama and Hawai'i).  The game is also available to all DirecTV (Channel 797) and Dish Network (Channel 461) subscribers.

*Vanderbilt University has returned tickets from its allotment to the University of Alabama ticket office for the September 9 contest to be held at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Several hundred tickets are now available for Alabama's SEC opener, slated to kick off at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 each.  To get your tickets, call 205-348-BAMA (2262) or order online at