Crimson Tide Begins Preparation for Tulane

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Sept. 1, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Fresh off its 34-10 season opening win over ninth-ranked Clemson, the University of Alabama football team returned to the practice field Monday afternoon as preparations began for the 2008 home opener against the Tulane Green Wave.

The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in helmets and shoulder pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields on Monday afternoon.

"(Tulane head coach) Bob Toledo has done a good job wherever he has been coach in whatever he has been responsible for whether it has been as an offensive coordinator or as head coach at other places," Alabama head coach Nick Saban at his weekly press conference. "I know he will do a great job there and is doing a great job. They played a lot of good football last year. They were very effective running the football, one of the best teams in the country rushing the ball and they have seven or eight starters back on both sides of the ball. Two defensive ends are guys that can cause problems for you. They play hard and are very well coached. They play with toughness and will certainly be a challenging team for us. It is also a challenge for us to continue to do what we need to do so we can play with some consistency."

Alabama and Tulane will meet Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Fans are encouraged to call their local cable or satellite provider to order the game.

Saban noted that preseason All-American left tackle Andre Smith suffered a sprained knee and sophomore wide receiver Earl Alexander injured an ankle against Clemson and both are listed as day-to-day.

"From an injury standpoint Andre Smith has a sprained knee," Saban added. "He is going to be day-to-day and out for a few days. I don't know if he will play in this game or not, it is still up in the air and we probably won't know for a few days relative to how he heals. Earl Alexander has got a sprained ankle that has been kind of a chronic thing that flared up again in the game. He is going to be in a boot for several days and it is undetermined right now whether he will be able to play in this game or not. There may be a couple guys out there that are in black shirts today but those guys are just sore, beat up or tired. We expect them to be fine for the game."