Sept. 8, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility Tuesday afternoon as preparations continue for Saturday’s home opener with the FIU Golden Panthers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
They have a lot of great skill guys, a lot of speed on the field," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "They are wide open, spread out all over the place, guys getting the ball that can run with it in space. It will be a challenge for us defensively and they’ve got really good team speed on defense."
Alabama and FIU will kick off shortly after 6 p.m. (CST) this Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis in Alabama and Florida on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. The game can also be seen outside of Alabama and Florida on ESPN GamePlan and ESPN360.com.
ALABAMA MOVES UP IN THE RANKINGS: After a solid 34-24 win over No. 7 Virginia Tech on Saturday, Alabama has moved up one spot in the both the national polls. The Crimson Tide is ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls following its season-opening win. Alabama also received two first-place votes in this week’s AP rankings. In addition, Alabama moved to 3rd in the latest Sports Illustrated weekly power rankings compiled by Andy Staples.
TIFFIN HONORED: Alabama senior place kicker Leigh Tiffin received the “Star of Stars” award, presented each week by the Lou Groza Award to the top kickers in college football. He was one of three kickers recognized on Tuesday. Tiffin converted 4-of-5 field goal attempts against Virginia Tech, making good on attempts from 49, 34, 43 and 20 yards. That matched his single-game best at Alabama (previously achieved vs. Tennessee, Oct. 20, 2007; Mississippi State on Nov. 10, 2007; Clemson on Aug. 30, 2008) and ranks second in Alabama history (6 by Philip Doyle vs. Southwestern Louisiana on Oct. 6, 1990). The four field goals give Tiffin 57 in his Alabama career, ranking him fourth all-time in Crimson Tide history behind Philip Doyle (78 from 1987-90), Michael Proctor (65 from 1992-95) and Tiffin’s father, Van Tiffin (59 from 1983-86).