TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team will return to conference play on Saturday when they host Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide began preparation for the Rebels on Tuesday with a two-hour practice in full pads.
Alabama is 4-0 at home this season, including a 13-10 victory over Vanderbilt in their only home conference game. Ole Miss is 0-2 on the road. They lost at Missouri and at Kentucky. The Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak last weekend with a 17-10 win over Vanderbilt for their first conference win. They are now 1-2 in the SEC and 2-4 overall.
"It feels good to be at home," said head coach Mike Shula. "Our players know what this game means. We know what we're going to get with Ole Miss coming in. They've got a very solid defense that's playing better now than they did earlier in the year. They do a lot of blitzing and they are very fast. It's a quick defense that has good cover guys. They've got one of the best linebackers in the SEC. Offensively, they're going to try to run the football and run it using their quarterback who is a very athletic quarterback who does misdirection type things, whether or not it's him carrying the ball or him with play action passes."
Ole Miss has struggled throwing the ball this season, averaging 117.7 yards per game. The Crimson Tide defense comes in playing very well against the pass. Since the opening game of the season, Alabama has not allowed a team to pass for over 200 yards and have held three opponents to under 100 passing yards.
Following practice Shula announced that senior quarterback Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif./Orinda Miramonte HS) has left the football team.
"We wish Marc well and good luck," said Shula. "In the meantime Jimmy Barnes and Greg McElroy will move up on the depth chart. We will try to get those guys some more work."
Guillon, a member of the Crimson Tide football team since transferring from the University of Miami (Florida) in 2003, is in his fifth year of college eligibility. Guillon has played in two games for the Tide this season (Louisiana Monroe and Duke), completing 2-of-2 pass attempts for 15 yards.
In his Alabama career, Guillon has played in eight games with two starts (vs. Arkansas and South Carolina in 2004) while completing 22 of 46 attempts for 206 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions.
This weekend's game will be the third game of the year for Alabama that will be televised by CBS. Kickoff is set for 2:34 p.m. CT. The following game at Tennessee will also be televised by CBS at 2:34 p.m. CT on Oct. 21.