Dec. 22, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team spent its second straight practice working specifically on a talented Utah team in a two-hour workout Monday inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
The Utes bring a perfect 12-0 record into the January 2, 2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Utah program has won seven straight bowl games dating back to the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl win over Southern California.
"This is a very challenging team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Monday's practice. "They may be as effective throwing the football, like a 68 or 69 percent completion percentage, as anybody we have played all year. They have a very good passing efficiency. They have a very good quarterback and the receivers are all good route runners. Defensively, their front is probably as good as anybody we played, in terms of athleticism and ability to rush. They create a lot of problems for you, especially in passing situations. They play a lot of eight-man fronts. They are sound and solid on special teams. This is a lot better team than everybody thinks."
The Crimson Tide will practice on Tuesday morning before breaking for Christmas. Alabama will then meet in New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 27, to begin on-site preparations for the Sugar Bowl.