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Alabama Wraps-up Preparations for Vanderbilt



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team (1-0) concluded preparations Thursday for this weekend's Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt (0-1). The Crimson Tide worked out for nearly an hour and half in helmets and shorts.

"I thought practice went well," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "Our guys were moving around well and we didn't have quite as many repeats as we did last week. We know we are going to have to play our best ballgame to beat (Vanderbilt). This is the SEC opener so we have to find a way to get off to a good start."

Shula said most of the practice was spent working on down and distance situations as well as special teams.

Shula also announced that Saturday's game captains will be Jeffrey Dukes on defense, Terrance Jones on special teams and Tim Castille on offense.

Alabama's SEC opener with Vanderbilt will kick off of at 2:37 p.m. (CT) and will be televised by Fox Sports Net South.