Oct. 5, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The football team continued its preparations for its homecoming matchup with Vanderbilt by practicing for two hours in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields, Wednesday afternoon.
"Vanderbilt is a much more challenging opponent than people might think," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "They are 3-1, and they have one of the best turnover margins in the country. They play really well on defense and have done a really good job of scoring points on offense with the players they have and the things they do. It is going to be very challenging for us in this game."
Junior Long snapper Carson Tinker was named a nominee for the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award, the organization announced Wednesday.
"Being nominated for this award is an honor, but obviously I did not want to be at this point in this way," said Tinker. "I have overcome a lot of adversity, but I have had a tremendous amount of help from our trainers, the football team and everybody that is associated with Alabama football."
The Courage Award was created by ESPN The Magazine's senior writer Gene Wojciechowski. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship.
Saturday's game will be the first meeting in the series since 2007 and 83rd meeting overall. The Crimson Tide and Commodores are slated to kickoff Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 6 p.m. CT. The game will air on ESPNU with Clay Matvick, Brian Griese and Allison Williams calling the action.
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