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Crimson Tide Continues Work for Western Kentucky Game



Sept. 10, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice facility Wednesday afternoon as game-week preparations continue for Saturday’s game with Western Kentucky. A light rain fell for the majority of practice.

“Sometimes you have to ask yourself what are you capable of becoming, instead of what we’re doing at this particular time,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday’s practice. “I think so many times we don’t think how we can change what we can do to affect other people. How we can change our attitudes, our thoughts and our habits, in terms of how we go about doing things, so that we can become what we are capable of becoming. 

“That is sort of the challenge to our team right now, in my opinion. What are we capable of becoming?  Obviously, we didn’t make the progress we wanted to make from week one to week two.  Even though the effort has been pretty good in practice this week, the execution needs to improve dramatically, which comes from focus and preparation. Hopefully, we are going to have that on Saturday.”

PAY-PER-VIEW INFO:  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.

INJURY UPDATE: Coach Saban said Wednesday that junior left tackle Andre Smith, sophomore receiver Earl Alexander, junior return specialist Javier Arenas, junior kicker Leigh Tiffin and sophomore linebacker Charlie Higgenbotham have all practiced this week should all play this weekend against Western Kentucky.  Saban also noted that senior offensive lineman Marlon Davis was “probably still a little bit questionable” for the game. Junior punter/kicker Heath Thomas, who made his debut last Saturday against Tulane, is nursing a bruised foot.