Wednesday, October 16, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced for over two hours Wednesday afternoon in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts as preparations continue for Saturday's Homecoming game with the Ole Miss Rebels (5-1, 2-0 SEC).
"We had another good practice," Alabama coach Dennis Franchione said.
After an open date, Alabama (4-2, 1-1 SEC) has the task of defending one the top quarterbacks in the nation this Saturday in Ole Miss junior Eli Manning.
"You're not going to fool him very much," Franchione said. "He understands football. He understands defenses. He knows where the ball needs to go. You're just going to have to execute. You don't go into the game thinking you're going to slow down or stop Eli Manning. You go in there hoping you make one more play than Eli Manning does. I think you have to understand that in all aspects of your football team or you can get frustrated if you don't. He's going to make some plays."
The Crimson Tide and Rebels will kickoff at 2:34 p.m. (CT) this Saturday from Bryant-Denny Stadium. The SEC Western Division showdown will be televised nationally by CBS Sports.