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Crimson Tide Focuses on Fundamentals in Tuesday's Practice

Trent Richardson

Dec. 20, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The football team was back at work on Tuesday afternoon with a two-hour practice at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. Tuesday's session marked the Crimson Tide's second day of preparation for the BCS National Championship game against LSU.

"We want to get our fundamental things down and kind of start over to make sure we are fundamentally sound," said junior defensive back Robert Lester. "Playing a team we have already played will probably be easier game-plan wise. The biggest key will be to watch film and see the mistakes that we made in the first game and make sure to fix those."

The Tide will be making its second appearance in the BCS National Championship Game, while the Tigers are making the trip for the third time. Most recently, Alabama defeated Texas, 37-21, on January 7, 2010, while LSU was a 38-24 winner over Ohio State in the 2008 game.

"It's good to be back around the team and coaches since we are like family, said senior tight end Brad Smelley. "This game will be great opportunity, especially since it is my senior year. I feel blessed to be able to step out there on the field and play in the national championship game. Hopefully we can bring it home and have a good last game."

The BCS National Championship game will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN with Brent Musberger on play-by-play, Kirk Herbstreit as the color analyst and Tom Rinaldi and Erin Andrews reporting from the sideline.