Thursday, October 14, 2010 Alabama Continues Work for Mississippi

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields to gear up for Saturday’s Homecoming game against Mississippi.

After a loss at South Carolina last Saturday, head coach Nick Saban is looking for his players to respond in practice this week as they turn their focus to Mississippi.

“We’ve worked pretty well,” Saban said following Wednesday’s practice. “I think when the game comes everybody has the will to win, but I think the important thing is that you have to have the will to prepare yourself to be able to play successfully.”

With Mississippi’s offense featuring quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, it will be unlike any the Tide has faced this year and has presented the Tide with challenges this week in practice.

“Ole Miss I think is a really good team and very difficult preparation because what they’re doing offensively now is not anything like what we’ve seen to this point,” Saban said. “The quarterback really creates a lot of problems and issues with his ability to run. He’s a great runner and can throw it.”

Junior receiver Julio Jones (hand) practiced Wednesday and did not have any more problems since practicing Tuesday. According to Saban, Jones caught balls and practiced with the rest of the team. He will be evaluated day-to-day to determine his status for Saturday.

Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:10 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised on ESPN2. More information regarding Homecoming festivities at the Capstone can be found by clicking here.


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