TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The Crimson Tide practiced indoors in shells as they held their final regular practice for Saturday’s season-opener against Western Carolina. The team will meet and wrap up game week preparations with a brief walk-thru Friday afternoon.
The Catamounts are led by head coach Kent Briggs, who is in his sixth season at his alma mater. The two teams have met just once, with Alabama earning a victory on September 18, 2004.
“Western Carolina has 14 starters back and a no-huddle, spread offense,” said head coach Nick Saban. “So it will be a little different look for us. It will be challenging for our players on defense to have to go against that right off the bat. With a new offensive system, we are anxious to see how our quarterbacks and people on offense respond and the kind of consistency we can play with.”
There will be a few changes to traffic patterns and parking due to construction and other campus projects. More information is available at www.uagameday.com.
Alabama takes on Western Carolina Saturday, Sept. 1, in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised by the Crimson Tide Sports Network on a pay-per-view basis beginning at 6:07 p.m.
WR D.J. Hall
(On his personal goals for this season)
“Actually I haven’t even really set personal goals yet. I’ve focused on the team and the team goals. We want to go out and show people what we can do as a team. We’ve got a great coaching staff and a lot of experience back, especially on offense. We just want to go out and win as a team.”
(On any improvement in chemistry between him and John Parker Wilson)
“We’ve gotten a whole lot better; knowing each other. We’re more experienced now. I think he’s a whole lot more comfortable in his position now that he’s got a full year under his belt. He’s always had the winning attitude. I think he’s going to put his experience with it now.”
(On difference in this year’s offense compared to last year’s)
“We throw it better than we did last year. That’s going to be the most exciting part. But we also have a great running game with Terry Grant and Glen Coffee and Jimmy Johns and the rest of the guys. The offensive line, they block great. So if we throw the ball a bunch it’ll open up the running game and if we run it a lot it’s going to open up the passing game. We just want to be balanced. That’s all.”