Dec. 20, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team worked out for two hours Saturday afternoon in full pads stressing fundamentals at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
It was the Crimson Tide's fourth practice since beginning bowl workouts on Thursday. UA will hold three more practices before breaking for Christmas and arriving in New Orleans on December 27. The Tide will begin to turn their attention to Utah during Sunday's practice.
"We have really stressed the fundamentals in these first four practices since we came back," Alabama right tackle Drew Davis said following Saturday's workout. "We have just worked on getting back to the basics, making sure we cover everything, because you just can't get away from the basics if you want to be a good football team. It has been a very physical week with a lot of hitting."
Davis and his fellow offensive linemen have been a big part of the Crimson Tide's success in 2008. UA ranks 23rd nationally in rushing with 196.5 yards per game while ranking 22nd in sacks allowed (1.31 per contest).
Senior free safety Rashad Johnson's overtime interception that helped seal a 27-21 overtime win at then-No. 15 LSU on Nov. 8 is still alive for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year. The play is one of seven that is still in the running for the $100,000 general scholarship contribution from Pontiac. Voting is now live on pontiac.com/ncaa and runs through Christmas Eve at midnight. Voting for the final four begins Friday, Dec. 26, with the winner announced on Fox during the BCS National Championship Game.
Alabama will face Utah in the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl on Friday, January 2, 2009, at the Louisiana Superdome. It will be the Crimson Tide's 13th appearance in the Sugar Bowl with an 8-4 record in their previous 12 trips.