Sept. 9, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team held a two-hour practice in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility, as the Crimson Tide continue preparations for Saturday's game with Western Kentucky.
Alabama looks to build on its defensive efforts this week against the Hilltoppers. The Crimson Tide has not allowed a defensive touchdown this season and ranks fifth nationally in rushing defense (43 yards per game) after two games.
Part of the Crimson Tide's defensive prowess is the addition of junior college transfer Terrence Cody who has demanded a double team on almost every snap in his first two starts at noseguard. The 360-pound defensive lineman wasn't sure what his first year at Alabama had in store, but after a summer of working on his conditioning he is excited to be in the starting lineup.
"It was hard," Cody said of improving his conditioning and earning a starting spot. "I had to do a lot of running, a lot of extra work, I had to wake up in the morning and do extra to try and get my weight down.
"I worked at it (conditioning) and worked for a starting spot and got it."
No. 11 Alabama and Western Kentucky will meet for the first time this weekend in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised on pay-per-view basis. The game can be ordered through your local cable operator and satellite provider. The game will be aired on DirecTV on channel 784 and the DISH Network, but the channel is not known at this time. ESPN GamePlan will offer the game outside the states of Alabama and Kentucky.