Thursday, October 7, 2010

Crimson Tide Continues to Prepare for South Carolina

RollTide.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held its third practice of the week Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields. The Crimson Tide practiced for two hours in full pads as preparations for Saturday's game at No. 19/20 South Carolina continue.

With this week’s game the third straight against a top-20 opponent, two of which have been ranked in the top-10, head coach Nick Saban believes it will serve as the greatest test for his team to date and expects nothing to come easy against the Gamecocks.

"All my life somebody has been looking for an easier way to do everything, but to do this, there is no easy way to do it,” Saban said after Wednesday’s practice. “It takes a lot of hard work, it’s very challenging and everybody has to challenge themselves to be their best to be able to do it.  They’ve got a very good team, it will be a very difficult place for us play and it will take a lot of poise on our part to be able to compete the way we need to compete every play in the game to do the things we need to do to have success.”

Junior receiver Julio Jones (knee) practiced on Wednesday and didn’t seem to have a lot of issues according to Saban. 

“Like always, you always have to see how he responds to that in terms of what happens next, and if he gets better tomorrow, I think he’ll be fine,” Saban said.

Alabama will practice once more on Thursday before traveling to Columbia on Friday afternoon. Saturday's game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., and will be televised nationally by CBS. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the action from the booth and Tracy Wolfson from the sideline.

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