Countdown to Kickoff
Tide Continues Work for Tennessee Game



Oct. 21, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The second-ranked Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice facility as preparation continues for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference game with the Tennessee Volunteers.

Junior linebacker Cory Reamer, a native of Hoover, Ala., understands the importance of the Alabama-Tennessee game.
“You know it’s a big game,” Reamer said after Tuesday’s practice. “There are a couple of games that you always circle that are pretty important for the people in this state. You go into it with just as much momentum and intensity as you have all the other games, maybe a little more. It is Tennessee. There is a bunch of history behind this game with two great programs.”

Senior tight end Nick Walker talked about facing a Tennessee defense that ranks among the nation’s best in all major defensive categories.

“We are going to take this week just like any other week,” Walker said following Tuesday’s practice. “We are not going to focus on just one player; we are going to focus on the whole team because the whole defense plays hard. It’s going to be a good test for us.”

The Crimson Tide and Volunteers will meet Saturday, Oct. 25 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville and the game will be televised by ESPN beginning at 6:45 p.m. (CDT), with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) calling the action to a national cable audience.

SMITH NAMED SEMI-FINALIST FOR LOMBARDI AWARD: Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith has been named one of 12 semi-finalists for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia. The Lombardi Award is presented to the nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman. The Lombardi Award will be presented Dec. 10 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Smith, a preseason All-American, was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Tide’s 49-14 win at Arkansas on Sept. 20. In that game, Smith paved the way for the Tide to rush for an SEC-high 328 rushing yards and 9.4-yard per carry average. He won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy last year as the top offensive lineman in the conference. Former UA All-American Cornelius Bennett won the Lombardi Award in 1986.