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Tide Has Good Work Leading Up to SEC Championship Game



Dec. 3, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 1 ranked Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as preparation for the 2008 SEC Championship Game continues.

No. 1 Alabama (12-0, 8-0 SEC) will meet No.2 Florida (11-1, 7-1 SEC) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

The Crimson Tide worked indoors on Monday and Tuesday and will be back inside Thursday afternoon for its final on-campus practice.

“We’ve had a couple of good days indoors with the idea that it was cold outside,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday’s practice. “We wanted to practice outdoors if we could, at least one day, and today was the best opportunity to do that. We practiced inside because we wanted to get used to that and the turf and we will go back inside tomorrow.”

Saban said the coaching staff has stressed focusing on the SEC Championship Game this week and not the results, while working hard each day.

“The big thing we’ve tried to emphasize to our players is to focus on the task,” Saban added. “It’s just like trying to make a putt in golf. It’s a lot easier if you focus on what you have to do to make the putt, rather than focusing on the results of the putt. That does not enhance your chances of being successful at all. So that’s really what we’ve tried to get the players to do is focus on the things they need to do to play well, practice well and prepare well.

“You give any good team that you play the proper respect and we certainly do that, but at the same time we need to focus on this about you and your ability and your execution, in terms of what you have to do and that’s got to become your priority. That’s what we are trying to do and the players have done a good job of that.”

Alabama will hold its final practice in Tuscaloosa on Thursday afternoon before departing for Atlanta on Friday. Coach Saban will participate in the SEC Championship Game Luncheon on Friday at the Hyatt Regency and then meet with the media at the Georgia Dome on Friday afternoon. The Crimson Tide will hold a practice (closed to the public) on Friday at 3 p.m. (EST).

CBS will televise the game with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Tracy Wolfson (sidelines) calling the action.

The Crimson Tide is making their sixth appearance in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama has faced Florida in each of its appearances in the title game with a 2-3 record.