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Crimson Tide Begin Game-Week Preparations for San Jose State



Aug. 30, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team continued its preparations for Saturday's season opener with a two-hour practice in full pads on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields Monday afternoon.

San Jose State comes to Tuscaloosa under first-year head coach Mike MacIntyre after Dick Tomey retired following the 2009 season. The Spartans identity on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football are a mystery for the Crimson Tide coaches.

"In college football you see a multiple of different things that are amazing," head coach Nick Saban said about preparing for San Jose State. "The adjustments that you have to make from week to week are amazing and this is a tough preparation for our defense in that light, because Nevada-Reno was the number one rushing team in the country and supposedly that is the offense that this team (San Jose State) is running."

The Crimson Tide defense, which replaces nine starters from the 2009 national championship squad, will have to adjust on the fly to what it sees from the Spartans' offense.

Alabama kicks off the 2010 season Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 6:07 p.m. The game will be broadcast on a pay-per-view basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network.