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Tide Having Good Week of Practice



Oct. 21, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility Wednesday afternoon as the Crimson Tide continues its work toward Saturday’s game with the Tennessee Volunteers.

“We have had a couple of good work days and I’m pleased with the way the players are trying to respond and get through the week in terms of preparation,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following practice  “When you want something that certainly creates the drive to achieve it and even though we seem to be becoming a fast-food nation of people wanting instant-gratification, instant coffee, instant tea, instant everything, right now, that’s certainly not the way of the world when it comes to college football. You can’t win if you don’t finish the race.  It takes a lot of perseverance on everybody’s part to continue to work, focus on what they need to do to get better.

“We’re excited about the opportunity we have on Saturday.  We have a tremendous amount of respect for Tennessee’s toughness, their ability to run the ball and the way they play defense. This is going to be a real challenge for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

Coach Saban also commented on the injury status of his team, including senior cornerback and returner Javier Arenas.

“From an injury-standpoint, Javy has taken all the reps and done all the work this week,” Saban added.  “Dre Kirkpatrick has done all the work.  (Josh) Chapman has worked. (Michael) Bowman has worked.”

The Alabama-Tennessee game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CST) from Bryant-Denny Stadium, with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson describing the action. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss. The game can be heard locally on WFNN-FM (95.3) in Tuscaloosa.