Dec. 22, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in shells Thursday afternoon. The Crimson Tide continued preparations for the BCS National Championship Game in the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.
"It has been a good week of practice," junior guard Chance Warmack said. "We spent the week focusing on fundamentals and building back up to game speed. It is going to be great to go home and see the family for Christmas but I am equally as excited to come back to work and get ready for LSU."
Warmack also announced that he plans on returning next year to the University of Alabama for his senior season. Warmack is regarded as one of the top offensive lineman in the conference and was a second team All-SEC selection at guard this season.
The BCS National Championship Game will feature two Heisman Trophy finalists in Alabama's Trent Richardson and LSU's Tyrann Mathieu. Richardson enters the game with 1,583 yards on the ground and 23 total touchdowns while Mathieu has returned two punts for touchdowns and scooped up two fumbles for scores.
Alabama will have one more practice on Friday morning before breaking for the Christmas holiday. The Tide will resume preparations for the Tigers on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
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.