The Alabama football team conducted its third practice while in New Orleans on Saturday. The Crimson Tide practiced for two hours in shells at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility.
"It's been a great experience being here in New Orleans," Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshawsaid. "Being in the 2009 championship game and being able to play a few snaps, it was great, but I would say that being a starter on this team is that we want to leave our own legacy and come out with a win."
The Alabama football team returned to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for its second practice in New Orleans. The Crimson Tide worked out for two hours in shells Friday afternoon.
"I think that regardless of how many times you've been in a game like this, there's still going to be some anxiety that goes along with playing in a game like this," Alabama head coach Nick Sabansaid. "I do think that maybe some of the older players on the team that are the leaders on our team who have been in this situation before have certainly helped some of the other players who are looking for leadership."
The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Thursday afternoon. The practice was the first for the Crimson Tide in New Orleans as it prepares for LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship game.
The team started off the day with a press conference that featured the Alabama offense. Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was joined by juniors Barrett Jones and Trent Richardson, seniors William Vlachos and Marquis Maze and sophomore AJ McCarron at the Marriott Convention center.
Alabama moved its final practice of the 2011 calendar year outside, the first outdoor practice since bowl preparations began on Dec. 19, to the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility and worked for two hours in shells.
The focus of the Crimson Tide's practice was special teams, which figures to play a key role in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"We went outside today in shells," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "This is about the nicest day we have had all year. One thing we really can't do well indoors is practicing the kicking game. The timing of catching punts relative to the punt return or kickoffs relative to the kick return or the coverage team trying to position themselves based on the punt is not possible to do indoors.
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."
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."
The Alabama football team remained in training camp mode as it practiced for two hours in the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice facility, Wednesday afternoon. The Crimson Tide continued to work on fundamentals as the 2012 BCS National Championship game is 20 days away.
"We have had good work for three days now," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "As we told the players when we got started, because of the amount of time we had off, it was going to be a lot like fall camp getting started. They would get sore. They would get tired, and they would have to work their way through that. I am pleased with the progress we have made and pleased with the work that we have gotten done. I am also really pleased with the attitude the players have had to try and get it done."
The football team was back at work on Tuesday afternoon with a two-hour practice at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. Tuesday's session marked the Crimson Tide's second day of preparation for the BCS National Championship game against LSU.
"We want to get our fundamental things down and kind of start over to make sure we are fundamentally sound," said junior defensive back Robert Lester. "Playing a team we have already played will probably be easier game-plan wise. The biggest key will be to watch film and see the mistakes that we made in the first game and make sure to fix those."
The Alabama football team held its first practice for the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, Monday afternoon at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in shells as it prepares for its rematch against the No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers.
"I was pleased with today's practice," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "We are going back and starting this just like we are starting camp over. We will do the same installations and same fundamentals and do that all five days this week."