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Football Team Wraps Up Bye Week Practice



Oct. 29, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held its final bye week practice on Thursday, working for two hours in full pads at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

“I think its good timing for an open date for our team,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said earlier this week. “We’ve had eight games in a row and I think mentally and physically it’s a good time to recharge our batteries, get healed up, get some treatment, focus on improvement in practice and try to work on the things that we need to work on down the road so that we can improve as a team and every player to improve individually, so we can become a better team.  That’s sort of where we’re at this weekend.  That’s what we’re working towards.”

The Crimson Tide held three practices this week and will take the weekend off. Alabama is expected to return to practice on Monday, Nov. 2, to begin preparation for its Southeastern Conference game with the LSU Tigers on Saturday, Nov. 7.  The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

COACH OF THE YEAR VOTING: Alabama head coach Nick Saban is once again up for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, and fan voting plays a key role.  Fans may vote once a day at Coach Saban won the award last year and Liberty Mutual donated $50,000 to the Nick’s Kids Fund and $20,000 to the University of Alabama for scholarships in his honor.  Earlier this week, Saban was one of 20 coaches placed on the 2009 Watch List for the Paul W. Bryant Coach of the Year Award, presented by the Greater Houston American Heart Association.  Saban won that award while at LSU in 2003.