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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Rolando McClain and the Tide continue preparations for Florida.
Rolando McClain and the Tide continue preparations for Florida.

Dec. 4, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama football team held its last on-campus practice Thursday afternoon prior to the 2008 SEC Championship with a 90-minute workout in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

The Crimson Tide practiced indoors three times this week in preparation for Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome.

Alabama has worked this week to prepare for Florida's high-powered offense, which includes 2007 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow.

"What you have to do is prepare for the plays that they run," Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "They run a lot of direct runs with him. It's a single-wing type offense and he is not a typical quarterback when it comes to being a runner. He is big and physical and he runs with a lot of toughness. He is a very good passer, relative to efficiency and running their offense and when you load things up on them, they have made a lot of big plays in the passing game. He is a very difficult guy to defend.

"I don't know that you can prepare any differently than any big, physical runner that you would play against, because when he runs it, he is a running back. When he passes it, he is quarterback. He is a unique blend and he makes a lot of good decisions in their offense. He is a good one."

Coach Saban will attend the SEC Coaches Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday at Noon (EST), before meeting with the media at coaches' press conference at the Georgia Dome at 2 p.m. (EST). Alabama will wrap up the day in Atlanta with a 90-minute practice in the Georgia Dome (closed to the public) beginning at 3 p.m. (EST).

CBS Sports will televise the game to national audience with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Tracy Wolfson (sidelines) calling the action. The SEC Championship Game will be Alabama's ninth national telecast this season.

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.