Oct. 7, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Wednesday afternoon inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
“We worked inside today, really just because of the turf,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday’s practice. “It was a little humid out yesterday. The players worked hard and were a little drained and the fields were a little wet, so this seemed like a good day to go in and get used to the turf. We usually practice in there on Thursday anyway. The players worked pretty well today.
“This is a big national TV game, the kind of game the players ought to be excited about and have a tremendous sense of urgency to get ready to play. It should be the kind of game that you come to a place like Alabama to be able to play. Ole Miss has a very good team on both sides of the ball. They’ve played extremely well this year and they are one of the teams to beat in our division. It’s always tough to play on the road, so this will be a big challenge for us and we’re doing a good job of preparing.”
The Crimson Tide players will not have classes on Thursday and Friday as the University of Alabama observes a two-day fall break.
“The players don’t have school the next couple of days, so hopefully that will help them rest a little bit and get going from there.”
Alabama meets Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 10 in a nationally televised game by CBS Sports. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (CDT) with Craig Bolerjack and Steve Beuerlein calling the action. The game will also be aired on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss.
Coach Saban participated in the SEC Head Coaches weekly teleconference on Wednesday and here are some of those comments:
On reasons for total offense and scoring offense being up in the SEC the year:
“Well, I think there are a lot of good offensive teams. I think sometimes that stuff sort of goes with the quarterbacks and it seems like there is some really good quarterback play this year. We are going to play against a good quarterback (Jevan Snead) this week. The guy’s (Jordan Jefferson) playing well at LSU. (Tim) Tebow is obviously one of the best quarterbacks in the country. I think the skill players in the league have something to do with that. I don’t know that it has anything to do with a football team. I think it’s the quality of the personnel and the systems that are out there that people are running, that are more and more difficult to defend and the multiples that you see become more and more difficult to defend.
On Alabama’s increased offense and scoring this season:
“I just think we’ve had a little more continuity and consistency and a little better balance than we had a year ago, in terms of running and passing. We’ve probably made more explosive plays. We haven’t turned the ball over. I think those are the keys.”
On guys like Mark Ingram handling the pressure of being an elite player in the country:
“I guess everybody thinks of things a little differently. I think the most difficult thing, and it’s a part of the human condition to me, is when you have success are you affected by the self-gratification that you get form the success, or are you driven as a person like Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan or LeBron James or Kobe Bryant to be the best at what you want to be. I think to be the best at what you want to be there is always something to improve on; there is something you can work on and have this passion to play better the next time. That’s really how you want your players to think because the self-gratification comes from them knowing they did their best to be the best player they could be, rather than some self-gratification they get externally that creates satisfaction that causes complacency and that’s a challenge for everyone. That’s you and me and every player. You just work on trying to get players to focus on doing the things they need to do to be as good as they can be.”