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Crimson Tide Gears Up for the Warhawks



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team conducted a two-hour practice Thursday in preparation for this weekend's game with Louisiana Monroe.

Following practice head coach Mike Shula announced Antoine Caldwell, Jeremy Clark and Luke Spaulding as captains for Saturday's contest, which kicks off at 6:07 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium and will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by Crimson Tide Sports Marketing.

Caldwell, a sophomore center from Montgomery, is the only offensive lineman to play every snap this season. In the Crimson Tide's game against Vanderbilt, Caldwell graded the highest on the offensive line at 91-percent and had five knockdowns. Clark, a senior defensive tackle from Daphne, has also started both contests and has three tackles and has helped lead Alabama to the top of the conference in rush defense, allowing just 51.0 yards per game. Spaulding, a senior from Mobile, is the special teams snapper.   

The Crimson Tide continued to work on defending the Warhawks' offense, which leads the Sun Belt Conference in both total offense and passing offense. The offense is captained by Sun Belt Player of the Week Kinsmon Lancaster, who is ranked 13th in the nation in total offense.    

"They have some weapons, not just with their wide receivers but their tight ends catch a lot of balls and makes plays," Shula said. "Defensively they are a veteran secondary that is going to challenge us. We have to be ready. The main thing, like every week, is we have to keep improving. If we improve we will have a chance."

Saturday's game can be seen locally on DirecTV channel 798 and Dish Network channel 464.