Football Team Gears Up for Home Opener

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Sept. 3, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -

The University of Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads Wednesday afternoon continuing to work on its game plan for Saturday’s 2008 home opener against the Tulane Green Wave.

No. 13 Alabama hosts Tulane at 6 p.m. (CDT) Sept. 6, at Bryant-Denny Stadium and the game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Fans may order the CTSN telecast through their local cable operator or satellite provider.

“We are pleased with the progress that we made today in practice,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “I thought the players had pretty good focus, pretty good energy and I think we made some improvement. It was a tough physical game that we are coming off of and we have been dragging a little bit, but I thought we did a pretty good job today.

“The big point of emphasis is you either get better or get worse out there and we need to get better. We can’t be satisfied with where we are. Anybody that’s pleased with where we are right now needs to get content with mediocrity, because that’s not where we want to be and that’s not where we want to try and go. That’s not what we want to try and play toward. We are really interested in trying to play to the capacity that we have as a team, which means we want to reach our potential in what we are doing. There are some things that we can do a lot better. There are more players who can contribute in a more positive way and that certainly something that we want to try to accomplish.”

The Crimson Tide will practice again on Thursday.

INJURY UPDATE: Coach Saban said on Wednesday that junior left tackle Andre Smith (sprained knee) and sophomore receiver Earl Alexander (ankle) were doubtful for the Tulane game. Both players remained in black jerseys (non-contact) jerseys on Wednesday and have not practiced this week.

Nick Saban SHOW: Coach Nick Saban will join Tom Roberts for the “Nick Saban Show” on Thursday, Sept. 4 live from Buffalo Wild Wing’s on McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa. The show airs from 7-8 p.m. (CDT) in the Crimson Tide Sports Network.