Thursday, September 01, 2005
The 2005 season opener for the University of Alabama football team is now less than two days
The Crimson Tide wrapped up its on-the-field preparation with a 75-minute workout in helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon as they continue prepare for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"We had a good day," Alabama head football coach Mike Shula said. "We did a lot of move the ball stuff, situational type drills, substitution and communication. I think our guys are ready. They are feeling fresh and have their legs back under them. As you know, between now and game time, it's important for guys to get off their feet and go over all the stuff and think about what it's going to take to play four quarters of solid football."
Shula also said Thursday afternoon that the football team had relinquished all of its rooms at the Sheraton Four Points hotel this weekend and that the players would spend Friday night in the dorms or apartments.
"We had a change in plans with the hotel. We are not staying the in hotel this weekend. The hotel can have those rooms for the people that are here and need them, obviously, a lot more than the football team would need them. We will meet over here and still have our meals over there."
Senior quarterback Brodie Croyle (Rainbow City), senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans (Bessemer) and senior defensive end Mark Anderson (Tulsa, Okla.) will serve as game captains in the opener.
Alabama and Middle Tennessee will square off at 6:07 p.m. (CT) this Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. The game is available in Alabama and Tennessee on Crimson Tide Sports Marketing pay-per-view with David Crane, Tyler Watts and Chris Stewart. The game is also available on DirecTV (Channel 783), DISH Network (Channel 455) and ESPN GamePlan.