Crimson Tide Finish Preparations for Mississippi

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Darius Hanks caught his first touchdown of the 2011 season last Saturday against Vanderbilt.
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Darius Hanks caught his first touchdown of the 2011 season last Saturday against Vanderbilt.
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Oct. 13, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The second-ranked Alabama football team wrapped up the biggest portion of its preparations for a road trip to Mississippi on Thursday with a 90-minute workout in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

The Crimson Tide focused on special teams while putting the finishing touches on the game plan for the Rebels, who enter the game with a 2-3 overall record and a 0-2 mark in Southeastern Conference play.

"We are preparing for Mississippi just like any other team, like any other week," Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks said. "They are a very mixed team. They play a lot of man and a lot of zone, just like any other team. We just have to come out and take what's given to us."

The Crimson Tide has won seven straight in the series and three in a row in Oxford dating back to a 42-28 loss in 2003. UA leads the series 44-9-2 overall and 6-3 in Oxford.

Alabama will have a short walk-through in Tuscaloosa on Friday before departing for the game, which is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2 from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mark Jones will handle the play-by-play duties while Ed Cunningham will be the color analyst and Jeannine Edwards is on the sidelines.

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