TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team was in helmets on Thursday and finalized its preparations for its first road contest of the season Saturday at Arkansas.
Following practice head coach Mike Shula announced Le'Ron McClain, Wallace Gilberry and Rashad Johnson as captains for Saturday's contest, which 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.
McClain, a senior fullback from Northport, is tied for second on the Alabama team with six career touchdown receptions. He caught two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in a win over Louisiana Monroe last weekend and has also added four carries for 24 yards on the season in three starts. Gilberry, a junior defensive end from Bay Minette, has started all three games and leads the team with two tackles for a loss and three quarterback hurries. He also has 10 tackles, the most of any Alabama defensive lineman. Johnson, a sophomore safety from Sulligent, has played a key role on the coverage unit as well as the defense. He is fourth on the team with 12 tackles with one tackle for a loss and a caused fumble.
"We summed up the physical part of practice today," said Shula. "We still have some things to go over. I think all of us as coaches are firm believers that you need to keep going over stuff and keep covering things. The more you keep talking about it right until you get ready to kickoff is going to be important. The little things are always important especially on the road. Our kids are excited, knowing they are going to be playing against a very good football team in a great atmosphere."
Saturday's contest in Fayetteville, Ark. will feature Verne Lundquist calling the play-by-play, Gary Danielson as the analyst and Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter. It will mark the sixth time Alabama has traveled to Fayetteville to face the Razorbacks. The Tide has a 3-2 record at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.