Thursday, September 26, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team completed its preparation for its 2002 Southeastern Conference opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks with a 90-minute workout in helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon.
"We finished up good today," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said. "We had a good week. We got a lot done today and finished up with some situations that we need to work on to be ready for the game. I feel like this week went well."
Coach Fran said he has not discussed the SEC opener with his team this week because he said his team knew the importance of conference games.
"We have not talked about it much," Fran added. "They players know SEC games are more intense, more physical and more focused. Every play takes on more and more meaning and they know that. Anytime you go on the road (in this league) is a challenge. Anytime you can steal one on the road, then you've done something."
Alabama will open its SEC schedule against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium in Fayetteville. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with kickoff set for 6:45 p.m. (CT).
The Arkansas game will mark Alabama's third consecutive night game. The last time Alabama three straight night games was the 1999 season when UA faced Auburn, Florida (SEC Championship Game) and Michigan (2000 Orange Bowl). The last time UA played three straight regular-season night games was 1991 against Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
Crimson Tide Notes
*Alabama practiced indoors for the second straight day because of wet weather and to work against crowd noise.
*Per SEC regulations, Alabama will dress 70 players for its SEC road game at Arkansas.
*Alabama will travel two kickers to this week's game at Arkansas. Redshirt sophomores Michael Ziifle (Newnan, Ga.) and Brian Bostick (Cullman) will both make the journey to Fayetteville. Coach Franchione said that the two would "probably" be used in a long and short-range FG situation.
*Freshman tailback Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) will dress as the fourth tailback this Saturday. Darby has not seen action this season and will dress for the first time due to senior tailback Ahmaad Galloway's season-ending injury.
*Alabama will hold a closed walk through in Tuscaloosa on Friday before departing for Fayetteville. The team will walk around the stadium, but will not practice at Razorback Stadium.