Oct. 23, 2008
Fanney Looking Forward to Tennessee Game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama junior “jack” linebacker Brandon Fanney is excited about Saturday’s game at Tennessee.
For Fanney, the Tennessee game is homecoming week, as he grew up in nearby Morristown, about 40 miles from the UT campus.
“I’m about 40 minutes outside of Knoxville, from a little small town called Morristown,” Fanney said earlier this week. “Growing up, I was an Alabama fan, so coming here was an easy choice. My uncle has been an Alabama fan his whole life. So, I was an Alabama fan, too.”
Fanney played at Morristown High School for Coach Don Woods, the brother of former Tide assistant coach Sparky Woods, who recruited him to UA.
“This game is very special for me. I am playing against a lot of people that I know and I will have a lot of family and friends at the game. It’s just a very special game for me, it’s like a Homecoming.”
Fanney will also have the opportunity to be reunited with two of his close friends - Demonte’ Bolden and Ramon Foster – both of whom play for the Volunteers.
“I went to Hargrave (Military Academy) with Demonte’ and he was my roommate. Ramon (and I played) in the Tennessee-Kentucky High School All-Star game.”
THURSDAY’S PRACTICE: Alabama practiced for 90 minutes Thursday afternoon in helmets and shorts inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility as preparations wind down for Saturday’s game at Tennessee. The Crimson Tide will hold a brief walk-thru on campus Friday before heading to Knoxville.
KICKOFF: Alabama and Tennessee will be televised by ESPN beginning at 6:45 p.m. (CDT) from Neyland Stadium. Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) will call the game to a national cable audience. The Tennessee game marks the sixth televised game of the season for Alabama. The Tide was also featured in television against Clemson (ABC), Arkansas (Raycom), Georgia (ESPN), Kentucky (CBS) and Mississippi (CBS).