Countdown to Kickoff
Bama Football Works Out in Preparation for Homecoming


Wednesday, October 08, 2003

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team worked out in preparation for its homecoming date with Southern Miss on Saturday for about two hours at Thomas-Drew Field.
After practice, Mike Shula was asked about the readiness of his quarterbacks for Saturday's 2:05 p.m. kick, televised via pay-per-view.
"Brodie took a lot of throws in individual period and actually threw the ball pretty well," Shula said.  "He didn't take any snaps other than that. He's feeling good.  He's feeling probably better than he was at any point last week.  So we'll treat him tonight and treat him tomorrow and then see how he does tomorrow out there at practice."
Shula said that Brandon Avalos had a good day leading the Tide's first-string offense, after seeing his first action under center last week.
"(Avalos) had a good day today," Shula said.  "He's had two pretty good days.  I think the biggest thing for him now is to go over stuff and not take anything for granted that he knows everything.  Even though you go over it a lot without the amount of reps, you make sure you're conscious about calling the plays right and getting the right formations."
Handling the announcing duties for the Crimson Tide's pay-per-view telecast are David Crane (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (analyst), Reggie Collier (analyst) and Chris Stewart (sideline).
Alabama and Mississippi residents may call their local cable operator to order the game.  The game will also be available on DISH Network (Channel TBA) or by calling 1-800-TVSTARS (large C-band owners).  The game is also available through ESPN GamePlan.