Tide Gears Up for SEC Opener

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Sept. 16, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference opener with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The ninth-ranked Crimson Tide understands the importance of its conference opener and sophomore offensive lineman David Ross sees a different intensity this week in practice.

“Practice is going well,” Ross said after Tuesday’s practice. “This is the first game in the SEC.  We definitely have to give that 100 percent every day in practice and know what is going on.  There has been a higher intensity level out of everybody this week.  That is what we need to have to be successful in the SEC.”

Junior nose guard Terrence Cody is expecting a physical football game as he goes against Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs.

“We had a real physical practice today and we are going to have another one tomorrow,” Cody said after practice.  “Arkansas is a real physical team and (Luigs) is a real fast and real physical player.  He is very good.”

The Alabama-Arkansas game will kick off Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., and will be televised regionally by Raycom Sports. The game will also be aired on ESPN GamePlan outside the nine-state SEC region.

Deontay Wilder Visits Practice: Deontay Wilder was a guest at practice Tuesday afternoon. The Tuscaloosa native won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics last month in China.  He was introduced to the team by head coach Nick Saban following practice.