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Alabama Continues Preparation for Louisiana Monroe



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team continued its preparation for Saturday's home game against Louisiana Monroe with a two-hour workout in helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday.

Alabama is coming off a 13-10 victory in their SEC opener against Vanderbilt last Saturday. The offense, which has averaged 359.5 yards per contest in two wins, but just scored one touchdown in nine red zone trips, has looked good throughout practice this week.  

"Hopefully, based on the way we practiced the last two days we will play better," head coach Mike Shula said. "I thought we had a better practice yesterday and a real good practice today. Guys are moving around and throwing and catching the ball better. We had a good two-minute drive with our first offense going up against our first defense."

The Crimson Tide defense has enjoyed strong showings through the first two games of the season, leading the Southeastern Conference in rush defense at just 51.0 yards per game. Alabama also leads the conference in turnover margin, forcing two more turnovers through two outings.

"One of the things we have talked about this week is we have to do everything better," said Shula. "We have to coach better, the meetings have to be better and we have to practice better. Hopefully it is a good indication but sometimes you practice poorly and play great and sometimes you practice great and play horrible. We will see on Saturday."

Regarding the earlier University announcement that assistant coaches Joe Kines and Dave Rader received raises Shula commented, "I am happy that they are going to be with us. To me that is a sign that our University wants to continue to show stability. Personally I am happy for them because both of them are important to me as fellow coaches and as friends."

The Alabama - Louisiana Monroe game starts at 6:07 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by Crimson Tide Sports Marketing.