Countdown to Kickoff
Bama Concludes Preparation for Tennessee


Thursday, October 20, 2005

The No. 5 University of Alabama (6-0) football team worked for just over an hour in helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon as preparations concluded for Saturday's Southeastern Conference game with No. 17 Tennessee (3-2, 2-2 SEC) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"We had another good practice." Alabama head coach Mike Shula said. "It was a spirited practice, I thought. Our guys are looking forward to this weekend and we know we are going to have to be at our best. It's important for all of our guys to get some rest, look over their stuff, cover last minute details in the walk through tomorrow and use full advantage of all of our time right up until kickoff. Everybody seems pretty healthy. We have to go out there and prove ourselves again."

Shula said that sophomore D.J. Hall (Ft Walton Beach) looked good in practice this week and will be ready for Saturday's game at wide receiver and on special teams. He missed most of the Ole Miss game last week with a lower back injury.

Shula also said that freshman special teams player and backup cornerback Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) would not play for the second consecutive weeks as he was still experiencing some headaches.

The Alabama-Tennessee game will kickoff at 2:37 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports.

*Alabama captains for the Tennessee game are senior quarterback Brodie Croyle (Rainbow City), senior strong linebacker DeMeco Ryans (Bessemer) and senior safety Roman Harper (Prattville).

*Warren St. John was in Tuscaloosa this week for a feature story on Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle. The story is scheduled to appear in the Friday, Oct. 21 edition of The New York Times.

*Kelly Whiteside was in town on Wednesday to talk with Coach Mike Shula. Whiteside is writing a piece on the Crimson Tide's Family Night Supper, where the families of the coaching staff get together each Wednesday night for a meal and relaxation after practice. The story is scheduled to appear in Friday's edition of The USA Today.

*The Tuscaloosa County chapter of the National Alumni Association will sponsor at Beat Tennessee pep rally Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. on the steps of the Gorgas Library. The pep rally will feature former All-American and Super Bowl XI winning quarterback Kenny Stabler, along with The Million Dollar Band, UA cheerleaders and Big Al.