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Tide Continues Work for SEC Opener



Sept. 22, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as the team continued to work towards Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Senior linebacker Eryk Anders talked about the challenges the Arkansas offense presents the team in practice each day. The Razorbacks' offense boasts the nation's top-rated passer and a trio of wide receivers that rank in the top 10 in the league after two games.

"They are a very good offense, that averages over 450 yards per game," Anders said.  "They have a nice running back duo. They are definitely somebody we have to prepare for this week.  Their offensive line is big and the best line we have faced so far. We have to find a way to get the quarterback and get some pressure on him."

Senior offensive lineman Mike Johnson talked about preparing for an Arkansas defense that returns nine starters and the top 10 tacklers from last year's team.

"They have a solid defensive front and they return a lot of guys up front," Johnson said. "Malcolm Sheppard is a very talented guy inside that we have to deal with.  He is a great player.  They have a number of guys inside that are physical and big strong guys that we have to contend with.  They do a lot of stuff up front very well and they keep their gaps soundly and we just have to know what we are doing."

Alabama and Arkansas will meet Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on CBS Sports, with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action to a national audience. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss describing the action.