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Dec. 3, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team wrapped up its on-campus preparation for the 2009 SEC Championship Game with a 90-minute practice in shells Thursday afternoon inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

“This is a great opportunity for our team to play in the SEC Championship Game, especially for the second year in a row,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said earlier this week.  “This is a great competitive venue and one of the best competitive venues that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in.  I’m sure our players feel the same way about that. I think if you’re a great competitor you love to play in these types of games.”

No. 2 Alabama (12-0, 8-0 SEC) will meet No. 1 Florida (12-0, 8-0) in the SEC Championship game for the seventh time in history and second year in a row.

“They have a lot of great players and had an undefeated season and have a very good team.  It’s certainly a challenge for our guys and everybody should be really motivated.  There’s a lot of motive as to why you would want to play in a game like this.  The action part of it is stepping up and executing and doing the things you need to do to play your best football.”

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).

ALEXANDER TO ATTEND SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:  Former Alabama All-American and 1999 SEC Player of the Year Shaun Alexander will be a part of the SEC Championship Game festivities this weekend in Atlanta.  Alexander, along with former Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, will be available at the Sports Illustrated Heisman Tour Presented by Nissan.

Alexander will participate in the “SI Chalk Talk” session and be available for autographs from 12 until 1:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Dec. 5, while Wuerffel will be available from 1:30-3 p.m. (ET) at the SEC FanFest held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

In addition to meeting the former Alabama and Florida stars, fans will be able to have their picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the Heisman Trophy as well as participate in interactive games.