Wednesday, September 17, 2003
The University of Alabama football team continued its preparation for the Northern Illinois Huskies with a two-hour practice in shoulder pads and helmets Wednesday.
"(We) had a lot of stuff to go through," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "The guys have had two good practices this week. It's interesting for me to see their focus and compare it to what I've seen in the past. It's has actually been good, more consistent."
"It doesn't take long to find out about (Northern Illinois) when you watch them against Maryland, two weeks ago against Tennessee Tech and against Wisconsin last year," Shula said.
"They've got a bulldog mentality. They're going to come after you and hit you. You better strap it up when you play because you know they are."
The Tide tees it up against Northern Illinois at 6:05 p.m. at Bryant-Denny stadium. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Alabama and Illinois residents may call their local cable operator to order the game. The game will also be available on DISH Network (Channel 456) or by calling 1-800-TVSTARS (large C-band owners).
The game is also available through ESPN GamePlan in the states other than Alabama and Illinois. Handling the announce duties for the Pay-Per-View telecast will be David Crane (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (analyst) and Chris Stewart (sideline).