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Tide Players Go Through Intense Practice



Sept. 1, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Tuesday afternoon, as preparations for the 2009 season opener continue.

Alabama senior offensive lineman Drew Davis likes the Tide’s intensity on the practice field this week and says he can definitely tell its game week.

“Practice was good today,” Davis said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think we had good intensity. We cut down our mental errors and we need keep that intensity up.  You can tell its game week.  The feeling is back and we have picked up the intensity, communicating more and getting ready to play.”

Alabama senior defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington commented on fellow senior lineman Brandon Deaderick, who was released from the hospital and attended practice briefly Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s an unfortunate thing that happened for one of our brothers to go down like that,” Washington said following practice.  “He is going to get through this and we are going to help him get through it all and he is going to make a full recovery.

“We are a close-knit unit anyway, but a situation like this brings people closer together.  When something happens to an Alabama football player word spreads pretty quick.  We all went over there to see him this morning.  It’s pretty crazy what happened.  I’m just happy he is alive.  He could have been gone.  He is real lucky.  I know that God blessed him and got him through that.”

No. 5 Alabama will meet No. 7 Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports with kick off just after 7 p.m. (CST).