Countdown to Kickoff
Football in Shells for Wednesday Practice

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Alabama is nearing kickoff against Kent State.

Aug. 31, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team returned outdoors to the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields for a two hour practice in shells, Wednesday afternoon, as the Crimson Tide continues preparation for its season opener against Kent State.

The opener will mark the first meeting between Alabama and Kent State, the alma mater of Tide head coach Nick Saban. Alabama has won nine season openers in a row and all four under Saban.

"Players and coaches alike are all looking forward to Saturday's game," Saban said. "I am sure our fans will provide a tremendous atmosphere. Everybody will be excited about being back in Bryant-Denny Stadium, especially after what the community has gone through after the last three or four months."

The Tide has one more practice day to finish up preparations for the Golden Flashes before a walkthrough on Friday.

"Maybe this is a spiritually uplifting thing that people can have passion in and something that can give them some positive self-gratification," Saban added. "We are looking forward to a great game and seeing where our team is and where we need to go from there."

Saturday's contest against Kent State will kickoff at 11:21 a.m. CT at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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