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Crimson Tide Continues Work for SEC Opener



TUSCALOOSA,Ala.- The University of Alabama football team worked for nearly two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday afternoon continuing preparations for the Saturday, September 9 Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt.

"I thought both days (Tuesday and Wednesday) were two good practices," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "We ended today's practice with the two-minute drill.  Anytime we can get (the first team offense against the first team defense) we do that.  That keeps us up with the speed of the game.  We need one more good day of preparation tomorrow."

Shula said that the second game of the season is much different from the season opener.

"We've talked to our kids about how this is different from the first week," Shula added.  "We had a couple of extra days to prepare and really we had all summer.  Now, it's just three solid days of preparation and the importance of not wasting a single rep."

The Alabama-Vanderbilt game will kickoff at 2:37 p.m. (CST) on Saturday and will be televised by FSN South.