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Tide Having Good Week of Practice



Dec. 2, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Wednesday afternoon as the team continues to prepare for Saturday’s game against the Florida Gators.

“Practice has gone fairly well,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday’s practice. “Florida is a very difficult preparation.  They do a lot of things. They have a lot of great players.  Our players have had pretty good focus and we are solving more problems every day.

“Our players have done a great job of creating an opportunity for themselves relative to what they have accomplished this season and what they have an opportunity to do playing, if not the best team in the country, certainly one of the best teams in the country.  It’s a challenge and everybody is really looking forward to it.  It’s a great competitive venue to be involved in and I think that our players are looking forward to it.”

Alabama has worked indoors all three days this week to prepare for playing inside the Georgia Dome and also because of the cold, damp weather in Tuscaloosa.

“We’ve worked indoors, really more because of the weather more than anything else,” Saban said. “We’re playing inside, so why not.  The weather is bad outside, which it has been two out of the last three days and the fields were wet the other day, so that’s basically what we’re doing.

The 2009 SEC Championship Game will kick off at 3 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and will be nationally televised by CBS Sports. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson will call the action from Atlanta. Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss will call the action for the Crimson Tide Sports Network. The game can be heard locally in Tuscaloosa on WFNN-FM (95.3).