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Dont'a Hightower was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday

Nov. 14, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The football team held a two hour practice on Monday in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it began to prepare for this week's game against NCAA Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Georgia Southern. The Crimson Tide and Eagles will meet on Saturday, November 19, at 1 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"We need to have the proper respect for who we're playing, and how they do what they do," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "We also need to understand that it's not about them; it's really about us and what our goals are in what we're doing. It really doesn't matter who we're playing against. If you put it in baseball terms, you're in the seventh or eighth inning and you're up to the plate and the game's tied and you have a guy on base. It really doesn't matter who is pitching. It's all about you doing the best you can as a hitter. That's kind of where we are as a team right now. We've got to focus on being led by the goals and things that this team has an opportunity to accomplish and technically do a good job of getting our players ready to play in this game."

Saturday's game will be the last at home this season and the final contest at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the senior class. Alabama will be looking to set a new senior class wins record in the game as the current group has won 45 games since the start of the 2008 season and has equaled the mark of the 1994 senior class, which won 45 games (on the field) from 1991-94. The 2011 senior class won 12 games in 2008, 14 games and a national championship in 2009 and 10 games in 2010. The Crimson Tide has captured nine wins in 10 games this season. The 1994 senior class won 11 games in 1991, 13 wins and a national title in 1992, nine games (eight of which were later forfeited by NCAA action) in 1993 and 12 in 1994.

"I'm always happy to see the seniors get recognized for the contribution that they have made to the program as well as the university and how they have represented the university, but especially this group, who has won 45 games in their career here in the last four years," added Saban. "I think it puts them up there with just about everyone in everything. We're happy that they get a chance to be recognized and everybody realizes what their accomplishments have been since they've been here."

Earlier in the day, junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The Lewisburg, Tenn., native led Alabama with 11 total tackles, including 2.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup in the Tide's 24-7 victory at Mississippi State. The defense held the Bulldogs to just 131 total yards and nine first downs. Hightower leads Alabama on the season in total tackles with 66.

Saturday's game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network. Chris Stewart will call the action with former Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts as the color analyst and Tom Roberts reporting from the sideline.

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