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Tide Wraps Up Virginia Tech Week



Sept. 3, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team wrapped up its week of preparation with a 90-minute practice in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Thursday afternoon.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play a team like Virginia Tech, who has a lot of starters back," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday's SEC Coaches Teleconference. "They are a very good defensive team. They have a really good quarterback, who can make a lot of plays, and they are definitely known for their special teams.

"We are always happy to go back to Atlanta and play. It's a big part of the SEC. This venue was a very positive thing for our team last year, relative to how the people and city sort of embraced us there, so we are looking forward to 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).