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Alabama Concludes Practice for North Texas Game


Thursday, September 12, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --  The Alabama Crimson Tide football team put the finishing touches on its game plan for Saturday night's 2002 Bryant-Denny Stadium debut against the North Texas Mean Green, with the announcement of two changes in the probable starting lineup.

Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione announced Thursday afternoon that redshirt freshman Charlie Peprah, a native of Plano, Texas and junior Donald Clarke would start against the Mean Green.

Peprah is expected to start at cornerback for the Crimson Tide. He made his first career start last Saturday at Oklahoma in UA's nickel package.  Clarke, a native of Boca Raton, Fla., is expected to make his first career start at tight end this weekend.

Alabama worked for 90 minutes in helmets and shorts on Thursday afternoon, wrapping up its preparations for the North Texas game.  The Crimson Tide will hold a brief walk through at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Friday.

"It was good practice today," Franchione said.  "We had a good week."

Alabama is expected to dress more than 100 players for Saturday's non-conference game with North Texas. 

Tide fans are reminded that tickets remain for this weekend's football game.  Priced at $30 each, tickets may be purchased at the Coleman Coliseum Ticket Office; by calling 1-800-240-2300, or over the internet at

Starting at noon Saturday, tickets will also be available at Bryant-Denny Stadium at ticket windows in the East Tower between gates 36 and 37. 

In addition, tickets are also available for the Southern Miss game ($30) on Sept. 21 in Tuscaloosa and the Vanderbilt game ($40) in Nashville on Nov. 2.

All gates will open at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Tide fans are reminded that in the interest of fan safety, the following items will not be allowed in Bryant-Denny Stadium: oversized bags (anything over 8.5 x 11); backpacks; cameras; camera cases; video recorders; coolers or food containers; umbrellas or artificial noisemakers.