Eight Alabama players were recognized for their outstanding play by the coaching staff following the Crimson Tide’s 38-10 win Saturday night at No. 12 Florida as announced by head coach Nick Saban. Tailback Trent Richardson, center William Vlachos and guard Chance Warmack were named players of the week on offense while linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Alex Watkins represented the defense. On special teams, Marquis Maze, Brad Smelley and Vinnie Sunseri were selected.
Alabama returns home to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, October 8, in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Vanderbilt enters the game at 3-1 overall and 1-1 in SEC play after suffering their first loss of the season on September 24, by a score of 21-3 at South Carolina. The Crimson Tide leads the series with the Commodores 58-19-4 (60-18-4 before forfeited and vacated games).
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The third-ranked Alabama football team wrapped up the biggest portion of its preparations for its SEC road opener at Florida on Thursday with a 90-minute workout in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. The Crimson Tide focused on fine-tuning the game plan, while working on special teams and continuing to stress fundamentals with its toughest test of the young season ahead on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The football team continued its preparations for its road matchup with No. 12 Florida by practicing for two hours in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields, Wednesday afternoon. “This is certainly a very challenging opportunity for our players,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “Florida, obviously, has a very good team. They are making a lot of big plays on people running the ball and in the passing game. Their defense has played probably as well as anybody we have seen all year.”
No. 3/2 Alabama heads to Gainesville, Fla., for its first Southeastern Conference road test when it takes on the No. 12/12 Florida Gators on Saturday, October 1, in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. It will be the 37th meeting between the two schools and 11th trip to Gainesville for the Crimson Tide.
The No. 2 ranked Alabama football team defeated No. 12 Arkansas 38-14 before a sold-out crowd of 101,821 Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 4-0 (1-0 SEC) on the season while the Razorbacks fall to 3-1 (0-1 SEC).
The Crimson Tide focused on fine tuning the game plan, while working on special teams and continuing to pound home fundamentals with its toughest test of the young season ahead on Saturday. Alabama’s ability to find success against an experienced Arkansas defense will be a key factor. “Arkansas has a great defense,” Crimson Tide tight end Brad Smelley said. “Most people talk about their offense, but they have a good defense too, with a lot of experienced guys. They are a SEC defense, and every SEC squad is going to be tough. We are going to have to bring it. We need to continue working and get ready to get after it Saturday.”
The University of Alabama is looking forward to hosting another sellout crowd when the Crimson Tide football team hosts the University of Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the UA Athletic Ticket Office wishes to remind fans of the potential danger of being sold counterfeit tickets at Tide home games.
The No. 3/2 Alabama football team got back to work on Monday with a two-hour practice session at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it gears up to take on No. 14/12 Arkansas in its Southeastern Conference opener. The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 24, in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The football team continued work on its game plan for North Texas on Tuesday afternoon as the Crimson Tide practiced for two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields. Alabama will take on the Mean Green on Saturday, September 17, at 6:38 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny Stadium. “Physically we have improved a good bit,” said senior center William Vlachos. “We still have a ways to go. Coach Saban made a point to us that all good teams are going to show a lot of improvement between week one and week two, and we did that. We certainly have a long ways to go, but if we keep practicing and staying on task, we will get there.”