Sept. 23, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team held a two-hour practice in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as the No. 8 Crimson Tide gears up for its Top 10 showdown with No. 3 Georgia.
Alabama defensive end Lorenzo Washington talked about this Saturday's game between Top 10 teams.
"This is one of the biggest games of our season." Washington said after Tuesday's practice. "It's another defining game for our team. We have an even bigger test this week against Top 10 team on the road."
Washington, a native of Loganville, Ga., located along the Athens Highway some 25 minutes from the Georgia campus, is excited to play against his home state team.
"Every game is important, but I am not going to lie, being from Georgia and going against my state's team is big for me. I just have to treat it like any other game and ignore all the outside things and go out there and play good football."
GEORGIA NATIVES: Alabama has eight players on its football from the state of Georgia, including junior offensive lineman Marlon Davis (Columbus), redshirt freshman quarterback Thomas Darrah (Newnan), freshman running back Demetrius Goode (LaGrange), sophomore wide receiver Darius Hanks (Norcross), redshirt freshman linebacker Jennings Hester (Atlanta), freshman wide receiver Chris Jackson (McDonough), sophomore defensive back Kareem Jackson (Macon) and junior defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington (Loganville).
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Alabama is 28-27-3 all-time in games played in the state of Georgia. The Crimson Tide owns a 16-15-3 record in the city of Atlanta, including a 34-10 win over Clemson in the 2008 season opener. The Tide is 6-2 in its last eight games in Atlanta. Alabama is 12-10 in games played in Athens, the site of Saturday's game with the third-ranked Bulldogs. Alabama is 0-2 in games played in Columbus.
GEORGIA TIMES TWO: Alabama is playing two regular season games in the state of Georgia this season, against Clemson and Georgia. The Crimson Tide and Tigers opened the 2008 season on Aug. 30 in the Georgia Dome. Alabama is making its return visit to the state of Georgia this weekend against the Georgia Bulldogs. The 2008 season marks the third time in school history Alabama has played two regular season games in the state of Georgia. The Crimson Tide played at both Georgia and Georgia Tech in 1912 and 1942.