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Davis Eager to Play in Home State



Nov. 4, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Luther Davis understands the importance of this Saturday’s game between top-ranked Alabama and LSU.

The Monroe, La., is also looking forward to the trip back to his home state, where family members from Louisiana, Washington, California and Florida will be on hand to see him and the Crimson Tide face the Tigers in a 2:30 p.m. (CST) game at Tiger Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports.

“I’ve been trying to get myself prepared for it for about a year now,” Davis said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m trying not to think about it, but at the same time I know whatever is going to happen is going to happen.  I’m just trying to deal with it the best I can. I’ve got a lot of family coming to the game from Seattle, Washington and California and Florida.  There will be a lot of people there.”

Davis has played has eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss in nine games this season.

PRACTICE UPDATE:  Alabama practiced for two hours in full pads on Tuesday as preparations continue for Saturday’s game at LSU.

Junior defensive end Brandon Deaderick said the Tide has had a good week of work so far, with two intense practices.

“Everybody has great intensity out there and we are working hard,” Deaderick said.  “I think our heads are in the right place and everybody is really focused and going through their assignments the way they are supposed to. I think we’ve been practicing pretty well.”

Deaderick has 21 tackles, 4 ½ tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries this season.