Dec. 28, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama football team held its first practice following the holiday break with a two-hour session on Wednesday at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. The Crimson Tide will have an additional five practices before traveling to New Orleans for the BCS National Championship game against LSU.
"Practice this week has had very good carry over from what we did the first five days," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "I thought the guys were crisp today and did not seem to have much rust from being off a couple days, which I think is important. We did a combination of fundamental work and also game-type preparations. I think it's important that everyone buy into what you need to do to get ready. It's like having a one-game season. Everybody has to pay the price now, so they can play the way they'd like to play when the game comes. I think the quality of practice is more important than it usually is, and I think finishing in practice is more important than it usually is."
Alabama owns the NCAA record for most bowl game appearances (58) and most victories (32). The Tide's bowl history dates back to January 1, 1926, where Alabama came from behind to beat the Washington Huskies, 20-19, at the Rose Bowl. Alabama would finish with the school's first perfect 10-0 record that season.
"It is good to get back and start focusing on the game," said junior defensive lineman Jesse Williams. "I think the couple days of break not only helps your body, but also helps mentally. I think everyone is focused and ready to go. We are looking at this as a one-game season and doing everything we can preparation-wise."
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.