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Tide Continues Work for Independence Bowl



The University of Alabama football team began installation of its game plan for the 2007 PetroSun Independence Bowl with a two-hour practice in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

Tide Head Coach Nick Saban ran his team through a normal Monday practice, which included team and special team drills in preparation for the Colorado Buffaloes. 

Alabama (6-6) will face Colorado (6-6) in the 32nd annual PetroSun Independence Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. (CST).  The game will be televised by ESPN.

“Practice has gone very well all week,” senior cornerback Simeon Castille said following Wednesday’s session.  “The tempo has been very good and everybody is working hard.  Today, we started working on some things for Colorado.  They have a solid running game.  We have to be ready for that.  I think the quarterback is very good, too.”

*Senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry and junior safety Rashad Johnson were named second-team All-Americans by

*The Crimson Tide will hold three more practices this week before taking a two-day holiday break.  The Tide is scheduled to practice Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. before the two-day break.  The team will reconvene Christmas Day in Shreveport and hold its first bowl-week practice that evening at Independence Bowl Stadium.