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Bama Has Good Practice as Preparations Continue for Tennessee


Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Brandon Brooks

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --  The Alabama football team had its second good workout of Tennessee week, practicing for just over two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.  The afternoon session also called for time in the Hank Crisp Indoor facility as the Crimson Tide worked with piped-in crowd noise.

"We have had two good days so far," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said.  "We have had great attention span, the players have worked hard.  I have been pleased with our work this week.

"We also worked against crowd noise today.  We needed that practice to ensure good communication and cadence in and out of the huddle.  It is a way to work on better communication, especially with the receivers.  You don't need quite as much with the guys up front, because they are all pretty close.  We work on that a little more when we are in the shotgun formation."

Alabama will practice again Thursday and hold a brief walk through on Friday before leaving for Knoxville.  The team will not practice at Neyland Stadium on Friday, but will visit the stadium as they did prior to the Sept. 28 game at Arkansas. 

Alabama (5-2, 2-1 SEC) and Tennessee (4-2, 1-2 SEC) will meet in a nationally televised game on ESPN this Saturday, Oct. 26 with kickoff set for 6:47 p.m. (CDT).