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Football Holds First Practice of the Bye Week

Courtney Upshaw

Oct. 25, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The football team held a two-hour practice in shorts and shoulder pads, its first of the bye week, on Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

"The goal of what we were trying to do today and do tomorrow is improving our deficiencies as a team," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "We make a quality control list of everything that we want to try to work on at every position and also with individual players and things they need to improve on. Today's practice was quite a bit of kicking game and some special situations, but more like a Monday practice for us. Tomorrow we will work on fundamentals."

Much of the time thus far in the bye week has been spent evaluating the team's performance throughout the first eight games, while setting some time aside to focus on the upcoming games.

The Crimson Tide will have an additional two practices this week on Wednesday and Thursday before beginning preparations for LSU on Monday. Kickoff for Alabama's game against LSU on Saturday, November 5, is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

"This game is a very, very important game," added Saban. "Every game we play, though, is important, because if you don't win the last one, the next one is not so important. The one after this one will be real important too. You always want your team to improve, and you always want your team to play the best, and it is certainly going to take our best effort from every guy on our team to play with a really good LSU team and be successful."

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