Dec. 21, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team spent their first full practice preparing for No. 6 Utah on Sunday as the Crimson Tide worked for two hours in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
The Tide began to implement its game plan for 2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl. After four practices that focused on fundamentals, UA got a good dose of what the Utes will be showing them inside the Louisiana Superdome on January 2.
"It has been a good start to our bowl practices," Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson said after Sunday's workout. "We started work on Utah today and had a pretty good day. Utah is an outstanding team that will present us with a lot of challenges on the football field. We have to stay focused on the practice field between now and the game so we can finish the season strong."
Utah enters the game as one of just two unbeaten teams after posting a 12-0 record and capturing a Mountain West Conference title. The Utes average 37.4 points per game and rank 15th nationally in scoring offense. On the defensive side of the football, Utah is 18th nationally in total defense (295.9) and 12th in scoring defense at (17.25).
Alabama will practice again on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning before breaking for Christmas. The Tide will reconvene in New Orleans on Saturday, December 27.