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Football Continues Preparation for Tennessee



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team practiced in helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday, continuing preparation for its SEC showdown with the University of Tennessee on Saturday.

The game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville will begin at 2:35 p.m. CT and will be televised by CBS. It will be the second straight week and fourth time this season that the Crimson Tide has had its game carried by CBS.

"We had a good practice today," said head coach Mike Shula. "The guys were a little tired yesterday but we had really good energy today. We have a lot to cover and play catch up a little bit because they have had more time to prepare for us with a bye week. They are really good on tape. They are fast, they are athletic and move around, and solid in all three areas. Combine that with playing them at home in a loud stadium is going to make it difficult. We will have one more good day of preparation."

Saturday's matchup between the two SEC teams will feature four of the top wide receivers in the country, including two of the top-five combinations nationwide. Alabama's duo of Keith Brown and DJ Hall currently rank second in the country with a combined 1,116 yards and 12th with 66 catches. The two are rapidly approaching their mark set last year with 1,318 yards and are on pace to break the school record held by David Palmer and Kevin Lee with 1,510 yards. Brown and Hall have also teamed up for eight touchdowns this season.

Tennessee features the duo with the fourth highest receiving yards for the season. Robert Meachem and Jayson Swain have teamed up for 1,053 yards as only six pairs of receivers have surpassed the 1,000-yard mark this year. New Mexico State's Chris Williams and AJ Harris are tops in the country with 1,216 yards.  

The Crimson Tide will conduct an earlier practice on Thursday. They will begin at 12:35 p.m. CT and will practice until approximately 2:05 p.m. CT due to the student-athletes having the rest of the week off for fall break.