Reamer, Tide Prepare for Mississippi State Running Attack

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Nov. 11, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 1 ranked Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon as preparations for Saturday’s game with Mississippi State continued at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

Alabama junior linebacker Cory Reamer talked about Mississippi State’s running game and the challenges it presents this weekend.

“You have to expect that from every team you play against, you are going to get their best,” Reamer said. “They’ve made a run the last couple of years and they have come out and beaten us and played physical, and we have to be ready for that again because they are going to play their best football.”

The Bulldogs are led by junior Anthony Dixon, who ranks fifth in the SEC with 71.89 rushing yards per game this season.

“We faced him for two years now,” Reamer added. “He is a big guy. He can get down hill and run the ball hard.  We need to fit our gaps or he can break it loose.  It’s going to take more than one guy to tackle him.  It’s going to take a swarming defense, like we’ve played all year, to get him down. He is a big guy, about 245 pounds, but he has speed too.  He’s got a fullback-style body, but he can move like a running back.”

Alabama and Mississippi State will meet Saturday, Nov. 15 in a nationally televised game on ESPN.  The kick off is set for 6:45 p.m. (CST).  The MSU game will mark the Tide’s eighth television appearance of the season and seventh national telecast. Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) will call the game to a national cable audience.

The game will also be available live online via ESPN360.com -- ESPN's signature broadband sports TV network. The game is available completely free to any student on campus (in fact, to any student on any U.S. college campus -- nearly 18 million people). This season, ESPN360.com will feature more than 300 college football games.

JOHNSON HONORED AGAIN:  The national awards keep coming for Alabama senior safety Rashad Johnson. On Tuesday, the Football Writers Association of American (FWAA) named Johnson this week’s winner of the Bronco Nagurski National Player of the Week award, following his record-setting performance at No. 15 LSU last Saturday. Johnson matched the Alabama single-game record with three interceptions in the Tide’s 27-21 overtime win at LSU last week and all three interceptions resulted in points for the Crimson Tide. Johnson’s 54-yard interception return tied the game in the second quarter.  He also added four tackles and one tackle for loss in the LSU game.