Nov. 2, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The football team returned to the field for a two-hour session on Wednesday in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it reached the midway point of its preparation week for LSU. Saturday's game will kick off at 7 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny Stadium and will air on CBS.
"We have had a pretty good week this week," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "I think the players have been able to stay focused on the things we have tried to emphasize each day and really tried to keep their routine pretty constant. I think it is critical, in games like this, that from this time on, the mental practice, focus and preparation are really important in terms of being able to play well and being ready to play when the game comes."
The Crimson Tide will look to continue its stellar play on both sides of the ball when it takes on the Tigers as Alabama currently leads the Southeastern Conference in total offense and total defense as well as scoring offense and scoring defense. The Crimson Tide averages 457.6 yards per game, while limiting opponents to 180.5 yards per outing. Additionally, Alabama scores nearly 40 points per game at 39.4, and at the same time, holds teams to a league, and nation, low of 6.9 points per game. The Tide also leads the league in rushing offense (229.3), rushing defense (44.9), pass efficiency defense (44.9), pass defense (127.3) while ranking second in punt returns (12.7), turnover margin (+0.75), tackles for loss (8.7) and sacks allowed (1.5).
"Practice has been real intense as every week is," said junior tight end Michael Williams. "We are just practicing hard. We have one more practice, but we are all looking forward to the game."
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