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Football Team Continues Working on Fundamentals



Dec. 21, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Monday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility, completing its third practice for the upcoming BCS National Championship Game against Texas.

No. 1 Alabama (13-0, 8-0 SEC) and No. 2 Texas (13-0, 8-0 Big 12) will meet in the BCS National Championship Game on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.  The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports.

The Crimson Tide began bowl preparations on Saturday and completed its third day of fundamental work with Monday’s practice.

“Well, we feel fortunate that we’ve been able to get outdoors for two days.  It’s been good for us because we haven’t practiced much outside,” Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said following Monday’s practice. “We didn’t practice much outside for the Auburn game. We didn’t practice much outside for the Florida game, so it’s great to get out there.

“I think it’s a little different for the players and we’re slowly working ourselves back in shape.  We’ve actually had three fundamental practices where we work a lot of technique and a work a lot against each other. We don’t work a lot against system of scheme, but really trying the get the players back into football shape after having a little bit of time off and we’ve made nice progress each and every day.  Hopefully, we will be able to continue that for the next two days.”

Alabama will hold two more on-campus practices Tuesday and Wednesday before a three-day holiday break.  The team will return to Tuscaloosa for five more practices beginning Sunday, Dec. 27.  Alabama will depart for California on New Year’s Day.