Nov. 18, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility Wednesday afternoon as preparations continued for Saturday’s final home football game against Chattanooga.
“We are all looking forward to Saturday’s game against a much-improved Chattanooga team,” Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday’s practice. “I think anytime you improve five wins in one season, obviously the players have responded and played hard. They’ve come back in a couple of games that they were behind in, including their last game, and I think that always speaks well of the competitive character of the team.”
Chattanooga brings a 6-4 record into Saturday’s game against Alabama under first-year head coach Russ Huesman. The Mocs were 1-9 in 2008. Sophomore quarterback B.J. Coleman has completed 220-of-376 passes for 2,312 yards this season. He has thrown 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His favorite target is senior wide receiver Blue Cooper, who has 82 catches for 817 yards and seven touchdowns.
“They are a very well coached team and the quarterback is very good. I think our players need to take ownership of what they have an opportunity to accomplish, not only in this game, but in each game and each challenge that we have as we go one game at a time here down the road.”
Alabama will host Chattanooga in its final home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised by the SEC Network with kickoff set for 11:21 a.m. (CT), with Doug Bell and Chris Doering calling the action. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss. The game can be heard locally in Tuscaloosa on WFNN-FM (95.3).