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Alabama Wraps Up Work for Southern Miss Game


Thursday, September 19, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --  The University of Alabama football team practiced 75 minutes Thursday afternoon in helmets and shorts, putting the finishing touches on the game plan to Saturday night's nationally televised game with Southern Mississippi.

"We had a very good practice today," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said.  "I think this will be a very tough game.  Southern Miss would win a lot of games in our league and I think they are a Top 25 team. 

"Southern Miss is the most balanced and efficient offense we have faced this year. They have good skill players.  The offensive line is solid and athletic.  Their defense is always aggressive, plays very hard and is tough to score against."

Alabama practiced inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility to take a break from the high temperatures and humidity in Tuscaloosa this week.  The Thursday afternoon heat index in Tuscaloosa was in the upper 90s.

"I came inside today to give them a break from the heat," Franchione added.  "With such a long season, we backed off a little bit today so that we could be fresh for Saturday."

Alabama and Southern Miss will play at 6 p.m. Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The game will be televised by espn2.

Alabama Notes:

*Alabama will dress 135 players for the Southern Miss game.

*The Crimson Tide will not practice this Sunday.  Alabama will have a team meeting and review the Southern Miss video before starting its film preparation for Arkansas.  The Razorbacks (2-0) are idle this week for the second time.  The Hogs also did not play on Aug. 31, but will close the regular season with 10 consecutive games without an open date.

*All gates will open at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Tide fans are reminded that in the interest of fan safety, the following items will not be allowed in Bryant-Denny Stadium: oversized bags (anything over 8.5 x 11); backpacks; cameras; camera cases; video recorders; coolers or food containers; umbrellas or artificial noisemakers.