Sept. 19, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The No. 3/2 Alabama football team got back to work on Monday with a two-hour practice session at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it gears up to take on No. 14/12 Arkansas in its Southeastern Conference opener. The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 24, in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"Arkansas has a really good football team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Bobby [Petrino] has done a great job there. Each and every year, they have made improvement as a team in terms of their total team. This year, in all phases, they may be the best team that they've been, when you take everything into consideration."
Alabama leads the series with Arkansas, 11-8, and has come out on top in the previous four meetings. The two last met on September 25, 2010, where the Tide trailed, 20-17, in Fayetteville with under five minutes remaining as junior Robert Lester tallied his second interception setting up the game-winning drive for Alabama. The Tide would go on to win 24-20.
"Arkansas has some really good wide receivers out there," said junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower. "They have a really good quarterback. Those are the things they are going to try and use. They have offensive weapons, so obviously they are going to use them. They are real big on the passing game, so obviously our pass rush is going to have to be on point this week."
Saturday's game will air on CBS with Verne Lundquist serving as the play-by-play announcer, and Gary Danielson at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.