Photo report: game week arrives

A disastrous 3-8 previous record coupled with negative news from the NCAA has produced a seemingly endless off-season for Tide fans. <br>But the UCLA Bruins arrive in Tuscaloosa in less than 72 hours. And as Freddie Milons put it during warmups Tuesday, "It's Gaaaaaaammmme week, baby! GAME WEEK!!!"

Junior slotback Joel Babb adjusts to the football in the air. After walking on three years ago, the Phenix City native has finally worked his way onto the regular roster and should contribute this season. By the way, as difficult as the catch obviously was, Babb caught the ball.

During one-on-one tackling drills, Brandon Miree demonstrates what Tide opponents already know. The sophomore tailback is a load to bring down. Having worked hard in the off-season to both lose weight and gain strength, Miree is now tougher than ever to tackle and currently stands as Bama's No. 2 tailback.

Redshirt freshman Tarry Givens (left) and senior Jason McAddley (lower right) share a joke as the Tide prepared for Tuesday's practice session. Givens was sporting a new No. 82 jersey yesterday. But it was just part of his 'costume,' as the tall wideout will spend the week impersonating UCLA's star receiver Brian Poli-Dixon for the Bama defense.

Junior fullback Marvin Brown runs down a sideline 'out' pattern. The concussion suffered last week by starter Donnie Lowe, has only increased the likelihood that Brown will play a significant role in Saturday's season-opener with the Bruins.

Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione told reporters yesterday that he was just "excited to be able to go out and practice today." And anyone watching him during Tuesday's afternoon session could testify that he was telling the truth. Here Franchione goes over a few points with junior split end Antonio Carter.

Michael Ziifle, a redshirt freshman 'do everything' kicker from Newnan, Georgia, works on his kickoffs during practice. Bama released an updated depth chart at Tuesday's press conference, and Ziifle found himself listed as the backup at both placekicker and punter. After working hard all summer on his strength and conditioning, Ziifle has taken an important step toward his ultimate goal of one day handling all three kicking jobs for Alabama (placekicks, kickoffs and punts).

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