Oct. 10, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The football team held a two-hour practice session on Monday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it begins preparations for this week's game at Mississippi. The Crimson Tide and Rebels are slated to kick off Saturday at 5 p.m. CT in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
"This is going to be a very challenging game for us," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "We've had some really tough games with these guys over the years. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Houston Nutt and the kind of coach that he is and the way he utilizes the personnel that he has."
Saturday's contest will mark the 59th meeting in the series and the 10th time Alabama has faced Mississippi in Oxford. Of the previous nine meetings, the Tide has come out on top seven times. The Rebels enter the game at 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Southeastern Conference play having lost games on the road at Vanderbilt (7-30) and at home against Georgia (13-27).
"They have a lot of talented players," added Saban. "They have a lot of returning starters on offense. They're actually playing better on defense from the standpoint of not giving up as many points. They have been really good on special teams. They've had some big plays, punt returns. I think they're leading the nation in punt returns, and it's because of the explosive skill guys that they have."
Earlier in the day, Mark Barron was recognized as one of seven on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List for having a notable performance last week. The senior safety led the Tide with six total tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in the 34-0 win over Vanderbilt. Barron also added two pass breakups.
Saturday's game will air on ESPN2 with Mark Jones calling the play-by-play, Ed Cunningham as the color analyst and Jeannine Edwards on the sidelines.
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