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Offense Shows Improvement as Preparation Winds Down


Thursday, November 07, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama Crimson Tide worked for ninety minutes in a helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon in its final day of preparation before Saturday's Southeastern Conference game with Miss. State.

The Crimson Tide will hold a light walk through at the practice facility on Friday before heading to Bryant-Denny Stadium for a brief walk around the stadium.

The upside to Thursday's session was the improvement of the Alabama offense, who looked out of sync on Wednesday, according to Coach Dennis Franchione.

"Today was a good day," Franchione said.  "The offense was much better today.  I was very pleased.  We were ever crisp on both side of the ball.  The offense took it upon their shoulders to bounce back and clean things up from yesterday, like I knew they would.  They were much sharper today."

Franchione expects a tough, physical football game Saturday when the Crimson Tide faces the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa.

"Our players have a lot of respect for Miss. State," Franchione added.  "They know that Miss. State has beaten us four of the last six games.  They have also seen the film and know the calibre of athletes they will lineup against on Saturday.

"This will be a hard-fought game.  Miss. State has a lot of good athletes on both sides of the ball.  This will be a difficult game and we know we have to play well."

Franchione also announced that sophomore Brian Bostick (Cullman, Ala.) will replace Michael Ziifle on kickoffs against Miss. State. 

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.