Countdown to Kickoff
Tide Offense Preps for South Carolina Defense



Oct. 13, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2 ranked Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s game with No. 22 South Carolina.

Alabama senior offensive lineman Mike Johnson said the Crimson Tide has worked hard this week prepping for a talented Gamecock defense.

“They have a pretty good front and good inside guys,” Johnson said after Tuesday’s practice.  (Number) 40 is obviously a game changer, (Eric) Norwood.  They have a pretty good front seven overall.  This is going to be a challenge this week.

“They have a great defensive front.  This will be another big challenge this week.  We are going to have to come with our game faces on. They do a lot of different looks to try and disguise what they are doing. Hopefully, we will be able to have some success running against that.  They are good at what they do.  They are another tough team to prepare for and another week.  We just have to run our plays and do what we have to do.”

Alabama’s 2009 homecoming game will kick off at 6:45 p.m. (CDT) this Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium and will be nationally televised by ESPN, with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews calling the action.  The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss describing the action.