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Tide Football Wraps Up Preparation for Mississippi State


Thursday, November 03, 2005

The University of Alabama football team worked out for just over an hour in helmets in shorts as the team wrapped up game-week preparation for Saturday's SEC showdown against Mississippi State.

Head coach Mike Shula was pleased with the effort and continued to preach about the team's focus.

"We had a good practice today," said Shula.  "We tried to talk to our guys earlier in the week, we've got to make sure we stay on top of our assignments, don't take anything for granted."

He also commented that he felt the game would come down to whichever team does the little things right, from avoiding penalties, to protecting the football to maintaining good field position.

The team battled crowd noise to work on the communication with the offense.

The captains for the game will be Freddie Roach (defense), Kenneth Darby (offense) and Terrence Jones (special teams).

Kickoff on Saturday in Starkville is scheduled for 2:34 p.m. CT with the game being televised nationally on CBS.