Thursday, September 15, 2005
The University of Alabama football team put the finishing touches on its on-campus preparation for Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener against the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, with a 90-minute workout in helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon.
"We had three pretty good practices this week," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "We still have a couple of things to clean up, but we will do that over the course of tomorrow."
The Crimson Tide will fly to Columbia on Friday and hold a brief workout at Williams-Brice Stadium.
"With so many new guys, we wanted to give them a chance to see the stadium the first time before Saturday. We will be there about the same time as the game, so they can get used to the sun and the surroundings."
Shula also said that senior Jeremy Schatz (Homewood) would be the Crimson Tide's punter at South Carolina, while sophomore kicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) would handle kickoffs, extra points and field goals.
Shula also said the situation regarding the offensive line would not be made until game time.
"Nothing has really changed as far as the offensive line goes," Shula added. "(Redshirt freshman) B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill) has taken most of the reps this week, but we will have (true freshman) Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) ready to go. (Senior) Mark Sanders (Ashville) is still questionable. (Redshirt freshman) Cody Davis (Tuscaloosa) and (sophomore) Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) will both play at left tackle."
Alabama captains for the South Carolina game are senior linebacker Freddie Roach (Killen), junior linebacker Juwan Simpson (Decatur) and junior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville).
Alabama will face South Carolina at 3:34 p.m. (ET) this Saturday in Columbia. This will be the Crimson Tide's first road game of the season.