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Tide Football Wraps Up Preparation for Southern Miss


Thursday, September 08, 2005

The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its preparation for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles this afternoon.

The Tide worked out for an hour and 15 minutes in helmets and shorts as per their normal Thursday routine.  There were however a few faces absent from practice.

Freshman running back Roy Upchurch had successful surgery today on a bone defect in his ankle.  The injury will keep him out for the season. 

Senior safety Roman Harper was absent from practice due to a death in the family. 

Freshman linebacker Jake Wingo was forced to retire as per doctor's request due to a third concussion he suffered during pre-season practice.

Elsewhere, the Tide named captains for this weekend.  The offense will be represented by senior center JB Closner.  Senior cornerback Anthony Madison will represent the defense and senior wide receiver Matt Miller will represent the special teams.

The Salvation Army will be soliciting donations outside Bryant-Denny Stadium this weekend in an effort to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"I want to encourage our fans once again, maybe those that weren't able to last week, to be supportive of the Salvation Army," said Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore.  "Southern Miss players and coaches have been through a lot the last couple of weeks and I encourage fans to give them a warm Alabama welcome as they take the field this weekend."

The Crimson Tide will have a brief walk through on Friday at the stadium before Saturday's kickoff against Southern Miss which is scheduled for 6:52 p.m.  The game will be televised live on espn2.