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Football Team Wraps up Good Week of Practice



Sept. 24, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for 90 minutes in shells Thursday afternoon inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility as preparations wind down for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

“We’ve had a good week, a hard week, the players have worked hard and it’s been hot outside,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said.  “This kind of offense there are a lot of passes, a lot of running and a lot of covering, but I have been pleased with the effort. 

“Preparation is something that great competitors have to know that is what gets them ready to take advantage of opportunities and absolute preparation will also affect the performance.  I think guys that are great competitors understand that.  We are going to play against some very good players, starting with the quarterback, their receivers and their entire team.  So it’s going to be important that we are well prepared and that’s why you practice, so that guys have the opportunity to prepare.  I have been pleased with the effort that we been giving in trying to get that done this week.”

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.