Countdown to Kickoff
Crimson Tide Works Indoors in Preparation for Arkansas


Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Brandon Brooks

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --  The University of Alabama football team practice for two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday afternoon, preparing for Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener with the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

The Crimson Tide practiced inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Wednesday and will likely work indoors again on Thursday as heavy rains are expected to continue with the approaching of Tropical Storm Isadore. The Crimson Tide also practiced indoors to work against crowd noise that will be a factor in Saturday's nationally televised (ESPN, 6:45 p.m.) game.

"It was good to go indoors today," Alabama Head Coach Dennis Franchione said.  "In addition to the weather, we also worked against crowd noise which is something out quarterbacks needed to go through.

"It makes it seem that everyone is on top of you because of the noise level.  It's good for both the offense and defense.  When we work against the noise, the communication has to be better and it makes everyone sharper.  We had a good, clean, crisp practice today and we will do it again tomorrow."

Crimson Tide Notes

*Senior tailback Ahmaad Galloway attended practice on Wednesday, one day after surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.  After practice, the Crimson Tide players ran to the sidelines to show support for their teammate.

"He's pretty close and special to these players and coaches," Franchione added.  "Today may have been their way of showing their compassion for Ahmaad and showing interest in him."

*Alabama will practice again on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. and is scheduled to leave for Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday afternoon.  The weather should not be a factor in the Crimson Tide's travel plans.  The forecast in Fayetteville, Ark., calls for clear skies with an Saturday afternoon high of 74 and a low of 49 degrees.  The kickoff temperature is expected to be in the low 60s and no rain is mentioned in the forecast.