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Crimson Tide Working Indoors for Season Opener



Sept. 2, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in shells Wednesday afternoon at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, as preparations continue for the 2009 season opener with Virginia Tech.

The Crimson Tide has worked indoors every day this week in preparation for Saturday's game in the Georgia Dome, which has the same surface as the Tide's indoor facility.

"We've had really good work this week and I have been really pleased with the players," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday's practice.  "Some questions may be about why we are working indoors; well we are going to play indoors.  It really wasn't that hot this week, but the playing surface gives us a better job of recovering and getting used to the surface and not getting drained by the heat as much.  It's the same thing we tried to do last year a couple of days before the game.  We will do that again tomorrow.

"Today was more like a Thursday practice and tomorrow we'll probably take some situations and try and cover as many situations as we can.  Our Friday schedule won't be any different than what is always is, in terms of a travel routine."

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).