Countdown to Kickoff
Tide's Preparation for Middle Tennessee Continues


Wednesday, August 31, 2005

University of Alabama head football coach Mike Shula has been pleased with the Crimson Tide's last two workouts as the team continues its preparation for the season opener Saturday night against Middle Tennessee.

"I think we've had two really good days," said Shula.  "We've been off the field earlier both days than we had scheduled.  We're getting a lot of reps in in a short amount of time.  I think our guys are getting their legs back."

The Crimson Tide will have one final day of preparation this week before Saturday's game. 

"We'll do some move the ball things, a typical Thursday for us.  We'll get a lot of different situations; have a thorough kicking game practice also.  From that point on it's just going over our stuff getting ourselves some rest and ready to go for the kickoff at 6:00."

Shula also addressed the situation on the Gulf Coast and some of the players that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"For Keith (Brown) and his family, we've got a couple other players that have some relatives in that area, that are from the Mobile area, our thoughts go out to them and our prayers to everyone down there.  It's just unbelievable watching all the things, you could only imagine if you were there what it would be like.  We've reminded our team to keep everybody in their prayers and that hopefully we can help out in any which way we can."

The Tide will have its final day of practice tomorrow followed by a Friday walkthrough before Saturday's game.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. and will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.