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Tide Works Indoors for Second Straight Day


Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Brandon Brooks

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 10 Alabama Crimson Tide football team worked inside the Hank Crisp Indoor facility for the second consecutive day on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday night’s Southeastern Conference showdown with the No. 14 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.

Alabama spent part of Tuesday’s workout indoors, working against the crowd noise this weekend at LSU.

“We anticipate the need to be prepared to communicate in a loud stadium,” Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said.  “We have done that the last two days and will work inside again (Thursday).  We have done this a couple of other times this season. We just feel the need to be prepared.”

The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s nationally televised game.  ESPN will broadcast the game with an 8:10 p.m. (CST) kickoff.

“We have had two good days of practice,” Franchione added. “Our guys understand what they are up against.  LSU has a quality defense.  We have a lot of respect for LSU, especially after last year’s game.  Their receivers are excellent, the offensive line is good and they have good tailbacks.

“LSU has had its share of injures, we all have.  Good teams have other quality people that can step up and play and LSU has done that.”

The Crimson Tide will work out in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and Friday, before departing for its final SEC road game of the 2002 season.  Alabama will visit Tiger Stadium on Friday, upon its arrival into Baton Rouge.

Alabama Notes:

*Coach Fran also said after Wednesday’s practice that permanent team captains would be voted on this Sunday afternoon and would represent the team in its final two games of the 2002 season against Auburn and Hawai’i.

*The University of Hawai’i announced today that 1,800 tickets remain for the Alabama-UH game on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  ESPN will televise the game and the kickoff has been moved up 15 minutes to 6:45 p.m. (CST).  That is a 2:45 p.m. (HST) kickoff in Hawai’i.