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Bama Defense Shines at Wednesday's Practice


Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Ahmad Childress

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama defense stole the headlines during the Crimson Tide's two-hour practice in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday afternoon.

"The defense had a very good practice today," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said. "The offense was a little out of sync today.  I thought the special teams were good, too.  The defense had a real good practice today.

"We had a great Tuesday, but the offense today did not match Tuesday's practice.  I think it was a little bit of everything today.  Miss. State is so multiple on defense and we have to be ready mentally.  We made a lot of mental mistakes today.  A lot of things have to very sharp against their type of defense and we were not sharp today."

The Crimson Tide will resume preparations for Saturday's non-televised game with a 3:45 p.m. workout on Thursday.  The Alabama-Miss. State game will kickoff at 1 p.m. this Saturday from Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

There is no live television for Saturday's game.  The game will be shown on a tape-delayed basis Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. on Comcast Sports South (Channel 29 in Tuscaloosa) with David Crane and Chris Stewart calling the tape-delayed action.