Oct. 30, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The second-ranked University of Alabama football team wrapped up a good week of work with a 90-minute practice in helmets and shoulder pads Thursday afternoon in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
“I think the biggest thing with our team right now is that you respect all of your opponents,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said earlier this week. “Arkansas State certainly is a very good team. All you have to do is look at their national stats, whether its defensive average, turnover ratio or offensive average. They have very good players. They have a fine quarterback. They score a lot of points and they play pretty well on defense and special teams.
“Our focus needs to be on what we need to do as team to continue to improve and to get better and to play consistently every Saturday. We’re pleased with the effort we had at Tennessee. We played a complete game and now we have to do that with a little more consistency and that’s what we’re trying to focus on here.”
Alabama and Arkansas State will met on Saturday at 2 p.m. (CDT) in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The two teams have met only once previously with the Crimson Tide posting a 34-7 win at Legion Field on Oct. 2, 1982.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The Crimson Tide football team had a couple of notable birthdays this week. Junior cornerback Javier Arenas turned 21 on Tuesday (Oct. 28) and Coach Nick Saban will celebrate his 57th birthday on Friday (Oct. 31).
CRIMSON TIDE PAY-PER-VIEW: The Alabama-Arkansas State game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis with Chris Stewart (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (color) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter) providing commentary. Fans in the states of Alabama and Arkansas must call their local cable operator or satellite provider to purchase the game. The game will be available outside the states of Alabama and Arkansas on ESPN GamePlan.
HOMECOMING PEP RALLY: Coach Nick Saban and the nine scholarship seniors will represent the Crimson Tide football team at the annual Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire Friday evening on the Quad.
HOMECOMING PARADE: The annual Homecoming Parade is set for 9 a.m. Saturday morning. It will begin in downtown Tuscaloosa on University Blvd and come through campus to Hackberry Lane. Former Tide All-American linebacker and 1986 Lombardi Trophy winner Cornelius Bennett is this year’s Grand Marshal.