Countdown to Kickoff
Bama Has Good Practice in Preparation for Hogs


Thursday, September 23, 2004

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team worked for 75 minutes in helmets and shorts on Thursday afternoon, it final on campus workout before its first Southeastern Conference road game of the 2004 season.

Alabama will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday and hold a short walk through at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.  The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks will play Saturday and the game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports with a 2:34 p.m. (CT) kickoff.

"We had a much better day," Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "Offensively, we were much better handling all that crowd noise.  We know we won't be able to simulate what we will have on Saturday, but it was good. 

"We do a lot of moving the ball on Thursday.  The substitutions and all the things you have to get done and do not practice on other days, we did today and we did a nice job.  Marc had a good day. 

"Now we have to continue to get ourselves more focused for the game.  It will be an earlier day (Friday) and an earlier day on Saturday and kickoff will be here before we know it."

Shula also said that true freshman cornerback Simeon Castille and true freshman wide receiver Keith Brown both practiced on Thursday and will play in Saturday's game.

"Simeon practiced today.  He was better than we thought and he will play.  Keith Brown practiced again today, too.  He looked better today than he did yesterday."