Nov. 15, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for 90 minutes in shells on Thursday inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility as they made final preparations for Saturday's non-conference tilt against Western Carolina.
The No. 4 Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1) is playing their second consecutive game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This week's opponent is Western Carolina (1-9, 0-8) from the Southern Conference. It is the third meeting between the two schools, with Alabama holding a 2-0 advantage after a 52-0 victory in 2004 and a 52-6 win in 2007.
Alabama junior quarterback AJ McCarron was selected as one of five finalists for the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Award on Thursday. He is joined by Southern California's Matt Barkley, Kansas State's Collin Klein, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and West Virginia's Geno Smith.
The Alabama/Western Carolina game is being televised on the SEC Network and is slated to kickoff at 11:21 a.m. (CST). Mike Morgan and Chris Doering will call the action with Jill Montgomery reporting from the sidelines.
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