Sept. 30, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team held a two-hour practice in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility, as the Crimson Tide continue preparations for Saturday's SEC showdown with Kentucky.
Alabama will be tested by a balanced Kentucky team that enters the game with a 4-0 record. The Wildcats are opening their Southeastern Conference schedule and will be looking to get started with a strong showing at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game is slated to kickoff at 2:35 p.m. and will be televised nationally on CBS.
"I think we have been focused all week at practice and determined not to have any let up on Saturday," defensive end and Elizabethtown, Ky., native Brandon Deaderick said following Tuesday's practice. "In this conference you don't get any off weeks, and you have to play hard on every down or you will get beat."
The Wildcats are coming off of a 41-3 win over Western Kentucky in Lexington and feature one of the country's best defensive units. UK leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 5.50 points per game, and ranks third in pass efficiency defense (88.47) and fourth in total defense (227.25).
"Kentucky is a good team and in college football - especially in the SEC - on any given Saturday anybody can win. It is just a couple of plays that can be the difference between winning and losing, so you have to stay focused. Kentucky is undefeated just like us, and we know we are in for a challenge."
No. 2 Alabama and Kentucky meet for the first time since the 2004 season when the Crimson Tide posted a 45-17 win in Lexington. Alabama leads the all-time series 33-2-1, including an 8-0 mark in Tuscaloosa and a 19-0-1 edge in games played in the state of Alabama. The Wildcats last trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium resulted in a 27-17 Crimson Tide win in 2003.
UA Players from Kentucky: Junior defensive end Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown, Ky.) is the only Kentucky native on the UA football roster. Deaderick has seven tackles on the season with a sack (-11) and a quarterback hurry.