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Alabama Continues Preparation for Second-Ranked Oklahoma


Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Justin Smiley

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --  The Alabama Crimson Tide football team worked for two hours Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's nationally televised (ABC Sports) with the No. 2 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

The Crimson Tide worked in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts continuing to fine tune its game plan for the Sooners.

"We had pretty good work today," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said.  "It was a lot more like wanted today as compared to yesterday.  We were not as sharp (Tuesday).  It was a typical Tuesday practice with the daily grind and full pads.

"The first week after a game is a little more challenging because you work on a gameplan in just a few days.  Prior to the first game, you get to go over something two of three times, where now we have to cover everything in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with heavy review on Friday."

Alabama will hold its final Tuscaloosa practice on Thursday before heading to Norman, Okla., on Friday afternoon.  The team will hold a light workout Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, which will be closed to everyone, including the media.