TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team was back on the field Wednesday for a two-hour workout in helmets and shoulder pads. The Crimson Tide is gearing up for the first road game of the year Saturday at Arkansas.
"I thought practice was good today and it was good yesterday," head coach Mike Shula said. "We practiced with the crowd noise today and did o.k. with it. Obviously it is going to be a lot louder on Saturday. We talked to our players about how important it is to do the little things and concentrate and communicate better than they ever have and don't take anything for granted."
The Crimson Tide will be playing in front of a crowd of 72,000 Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Last season Alabama posted a record of 3-1 on the road with victories in the first three contests away from Bryant-Denny Stadium. Coming in to this game, the Tide has played smart football, leading the Southeastern Conference in turnover margin, fewest penalties and time of possession. Shula's squad will look to tighten up the tackling heading in to the game against the Razorbacks, the leading rushing team in the SEC.
"We have worked harder on our individual drills," said Shula. "We have practiced a little more against each other with our first offense going against our first defense. Their offense is a little more like our offense compared to the first three teams we played. Tackling has looked better in practice and hopefully that will carry over to the game."
John Parker Wilson will be making his first career road start at quarterback this weekend. He has only thrown one interception in the first three games this year compared to four touchdown passes. He has completed 47-of-79 passes for 670 yards and has a pass efficiency of 144.91.
Saturday's contest in Fayetteville, Ark. will be televised by CBS at 2:30 CT. It will be the first time this season Alabama's game will be carried by CBS after having seven games on last year. The Tide's game against Vanderbilt on Sept. 9 was televised on Fox Sports South.