Sept. 17, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama football team practiced for two hours Monday inside at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, due to inclement weather in the area, as they wrapped up the corrections from the Arkansas game and began work on Florida Atlantic.
"We respect every team that we play," head coach Nick Saban said. "Carl Pelini, who is a very good coach, has done a good job with this team (Florida Atlantic). They are much improved relative to where they were a year ago. The guys play hard, and they are well coached. We certainly need to respect them and focus on what we need to do to improve as a team."
Alabama will look to continue to improve as a team this weekend, after the 52-0 victory over Arkansas last Saturday.
"You've never really arrived," Saban said. "The goal should be to make the team stronger. We need to work on demanding more from each other and ourselves so that we can become a better team. It's human nature sometimes that people respond better when things go bad. I want to see if our players have the maturity to be able to respond even when things don't go bad. That's something we will see if we can manage a little bit better this week than we have in some past weeks."
This Saturday's meeting between the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0) and Florida Atlantic (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) will mark the first time in history the two teams have met on the gridiron. The game is slated for a 4 p.m. (CDT) kickoff and will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.
Senior offensive lineman Chance Warmack was honored on Monday as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in the Arkansas game. He was influential in Alabama's offensive exploits in Fayetteville as the offense totaled 438 yards and the offensive line did not give up a sack.
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