Sept. 15, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility Tuesday afternoon as preparations continue for Saturday's game with the North Texas Mean Green.
"North Texas and Todd Dodge have done a really good job," head coach Nick Saban said. "This team has really, really improved since last year. They beat Ball State in the opener and played a rain game against Ohio University and probably had every chance in the game to win it and came up one point short in overtime. They are a very good offensive team, very productive and lots of balance."
Alabama leads the all-time series with North Texas 2-0. The Crimson Tide and Mean Green first met on October 18, 1995, as the 18th-ranked Crimson Tide posted a 38-19 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The two teams met again on Sept.14, 2002, as the Tide rolled up a 33-7 win in Tuscaloosa.
"We came out with intensity and were really focused on what we needed to do," sophomore linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. "North Texas does a lot of the same things as Virginia Tech so we didn't have to change that many things. We all came out and hit a little harder and were more focused."
Alabama welcomes North Texas to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the second game of a three-game homestand. Kickoff with the Mean Green is slated for 11:21 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, and will be televised on the SEC Network with Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano calling the action. Eli Gold and Phil Savage and Barry Krauss will have the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.