Countdown to Kickoff
Football Continues Preparation Outside for Tennessee

Courtney Upshaw

Oct. 19, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The football team continued its preparation for rival Tennessee as the Crimson Tide practiced for two hours in full pads, Wednesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

"This is one of the best, well-coached teams in the passing game that we play," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "They ran the ball effectively last week and ran the ball on us last year. I have a lot of respect for this football team, and I think they are playing a lot better on defense."

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was added to the 2011 Manning Award Watch List. The redshirt sophomore has connected on 117-of-174 passing (67.24 percent) for 1,380 yards and nine touchdowns with zero interceptions in the last five games. McCarron has started all seven of Alabama's contests this season at quarterback. He has reeled off 151 consecutive passes without throwing an interception. It is the third-longest streak in school history.

Saturday's game will air on ESPN2 with Mark Jones calling the play-by-play, Ed Cunningham as the color analyst and Jeannine Edwards on the sidelines. Kickoff is slated for 6:21 p.m., at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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