Sept. 28, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The football team continued its preparations for its road matchup with No. 12 Florida by practicing for two hours in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields, Wednesday afternoon.
"This is certainly a very challenging opportunity for our players," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Florida, obviously, has a very good team. They are making a lot of big plays on people running the ball and in the passing game. Their defense has played probably as well as anybody we have seen all year."
The two teams enter Saturday's contest ranked in the top 10 nationally in a combined 12 categories as both teams boast a top-10 ranking in six categories each. On top of both defenses being highly ranked, the running back matchup of Trent Richardson (110.25 ypg) and Chris Rainey (102.75 ypg) will be on display.
"If you are a great competitor, you love challenges," added Saban. "It is an opportunity for our players. Just like earlier in the year when we had to go on the road, this is obviously going to test the maturity and leadership of our team."
Alabama and Florida will once again be a prime TV matchup as CBS is slated to air Saturday's game with Verne Lundquist serving as the play-by-play announcer and Gary Danielson at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
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