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Bama Has Good Practice in Preparation for Auburn


Wednesday, November 20, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 9 Alabama Crimson Tide football team continued to work on its game-plan for Saturday's nationally televised game with the Auburn Tigers in the final regular-season game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide practiced for two hours Wednesday afternoon in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts  in preparation for its final SEC game of the season.

"We had another good practice today," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said.  "We have two good, solid days of practice. I am pleased with what we have gotten done this week."

For the second consecutive day, the Crimson Tide worked in the privacy of the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, as practice has been closed to everyone this week, including the media.

"This let's us work in private and have our game plan be our game plan," Franchione added.  "We are trying to make things as normal as we can and prepare for the game."

The Crimson Tide will hold brief workouts on Thursday and Friday in the indoor facility before the annual game with its arch-rival on Saturday afternoon at 2:40 p.m.  The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports.


*This Saturday's game with Auburn will mark Alabama's 12th regular-season game, tying the school record for most regular season games played.  The Crimson Tide also played 12 regular season games in 1986, with the addition of the Ohio State game in the Aug. 27 Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.  Alabama will play its school record 13th regular season game next Saturday at Hawai'i. 

The 13-game season will also tie the school record for most games in a single-season, including post-season games.  Alabama also played 13 games in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999.  

The Crimson Tide played in the SEC Championship Game and a bowl game in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999, in addition to its 11 regular-season games. The 1986 season included 12 regular-season games, plus a Sun Bowl win over SMU.

*In the win over LSU, Alabama had two running backs with 100 yards and one receiver for 100 yards for only the second time in school history.  Shaud WIlliams (16-131) and Santonio Beard (18-109-2) did the damage on the ground, while Sam Collins (5-115) had a career night catching the football.  That feat happened one other time against Auburn on Nov. 26, 1977.  Johnny Davis (20-105) and Jeff Rutledge (15-102) ran for 100 yards, while Ozzie Newsome (4-123-1) added 100 yards catching the football in Bama's 48-21 win.