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Dec. 30, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads Wednesday afternoon, wrapping up its fourth practice of the week and ninth overall in preparation for the BCS National Championship Game against Texas.

The Crimson Tide worked inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Wednesday as a steady rain fell throughout the day in Tuscaloosa.

No. 1 Alabama (13-0, 8-0 SEC) and No. 2 Texas (13-0, 8-0 Big 12) will meet in the Citi 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.

“We’ve had three really good practices these last practices after we’ve gotten back and a got the Christmas hangover out of them,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday’s practice.  ‘We practiced really well today.  We had to go inside.  We feel very fortunate that we’ve been able to go outside as much as we have been able to go out. To get two days in this week, it could have been a lot worse.  We go two days in pads and one day in shells, so tomorrow will be a shell day for us. Tomorrow will be our last practice before we travel out there on Friday.

Junior left tackle James Carpenter has practiced the last two days after missing Monday (illness). Senior cornerback Marquis Johnson, who had also been sick, has practiced each day despite a thumb injury.

“Everybody was back in practice today,” Saban added.  “James Carpenter was back and is not sick anymore. Marquis did everything in practice, so we really didn’t have any problems from that standpoint.”

Alabama will hold its final on-campus practice Thursday, Dec. 31, before departing for California on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.  The team will begin normal game-week preparations on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010.