TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team conducted a two-hour practice in helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday.
The Crimson Tide (4-2, 1-2 SEC) will look to stop the Ole Miss (2-4, 1-2 SEC) running game and continue to improve on its own running attack.
The Rebels come in to the game averaging 141.2 yards per game on the ground, fifth best in the SEC. They are led by BenJarvous Green-Ellis who is third in the conference with 95.2 yards rushing per game. He has ran for over 100 yards in two games, posting 135 yards against Georgia, the third best run defense in the league, and 127 yards against Memphis. His 571 yards is the top mark in the SEC and he is tied for the most touchdowns with four.
"I thought we had a good practice today," said head coach Mike Shula. "The main thing is getting ready for their running game. They do a really good job of coming off the football. They are a power-type running team. They also involve some misdirection. Offensively, we have to get ready for their blitzes. They are very athletic up front, probably the quickest defensive line we have seen and their linebackers are really fast. We have to be good in our preparation."
Alabama had one of its best games running the ball against Duke last weekend. Kenneth Darby ran for a season-high 115 yards on 18 carries. It was his first 100-yard game of the season and 11th of his career. His total was 36 yards more than he had in any other game this season. Alabama is 9-2 when Darby rushes for over 100 yards. They have averaged 153 yards rushing per game in their four wins, 52.5 yards more than they averaged in the two losses.
Saturday's contest is scheduled to start at 2:34 p.m. CT and will feature Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the game from Bryant-Denny Stadium.