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Football Team Begin Practice for Mississippi State



Nov. 9, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team returned to the practice field Monday to begin preparation for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference road game at Mississippi State.  The Crimson Tide worked for a little over an hour Monday afternoon in shells inside the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

“Dan Mullen has done a really good job with this team,” Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said at his weekly press conference Monday.  “Of their five losses, every team has been a top 25 team that they have lost to and four of them are currently ranked in the top 10 or 12, or something like that. 

“Anthony Dixon is a really, really good back.  These guys run the football probably as well as anybody we’ve played against this year.  They have sort of a Florida spread philosophy and it’s a little difficult, different preparation, so our players are going to have to have to do a really good job of getting prepared for this game and getting ready to stop the plays that they run, because they are not always conventional-type things that you see all the time. 

“Their defense plays hard, very physical and tough. They’ve got a pretty good secondary and they really do a good job of coaching in special teams.  They really try and play good defense, don’t turn the ball over, score in the red area when they get the opportunity, which most good running teams can do that, and play really good defense. I think this team does all those things.  It will be a challenge for us.”

Alabama and Mississippi State will kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, from Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, Miss.  The game will be nationally televised by ESPN with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews describing the action.  The game will also be aired on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss calling the action.  The game can be heard locally in Tuscaloosa on WFNN-FM (95.3 FM).