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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM David Ross will get the start at left guard on Friday against Utah.
David Ross will get the start at left guard on Friday against Utah.

Dec. 31, 2008

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NEW ORLEANS - The Alabama football team continued to put the final touches on its preparations for the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl as they worked out in shells during a two-hour practice inside the Louisiana Superdome on Wednesday.

It was the Crimson Tide's fifth practice since arriving in New Orleans on Saturday and the third straight day that the Tide worked inside the Superdome. Alabama focused on special teams and continued to build continuity the left side of the offensive line.

"The players are doing fine," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday's workout. "The players are getting ready to play the game. We have lots of very good players on our team and we are getting ready to play a very challenging opponent. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Utah and what they have done. The focus is on what we need to do to play our best football which is all we can control. There is adversity to overcome and we are going to do the best we can to support each other to overcome it."

Junior Mike Johnson will slide out to left tackle while sophomore David Ross will move to left guard. Johnson started at left tackle against Tulane on Sept. 6 and Ross had made two starts at guard this season.

"We are looking at this situation like we would with an injured player," Johnson said. "Guys are going to have to step up and fill the gaps, but we have been in this situation before, so I don't think we will lose any ground."

Hey Coach will be broadcast from the Armstrong Room of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown New Orleans on Wednesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. The Nick Saban Show will be from 7-8 p.m. and hosted by Tom Roberts.

The Tide will hold a closed walk-through in the Superdome on Thursday before Friday's 7 p.m. kickoff of the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Fox.