No Real Hudson News

It was no surprise Thursday that Alabama Head Football Coach Mike Shula addressed the Ray Hudson situation before discussing Crimson Tide football practice or Saturday's game against third-ranked LSU. And it was also no great surprise that the announcement regarding Hudson disclosed little.

"We really have no announcement," Mike Shula said. "We're still looking into it. We will handle it within the team. Any disciplinary action would not necessarily be announced. As far as whether playing time will be affected, there has been no decision yet."

In answer to a question, Shula was clear. If Ray Hudson violated team policy, "there will be consequences and discipline," he said.

Hudson, a junior tailback, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana Wednesday. Police said he was in possession of a small amount of marijuana that would indicate it was for personal use. He was released on $1,000 bond.

Thursday's practice was the first of the season in "football weather." After three months of practices in which temperatures were in the 70s and 80s, the Crimson Tide was out in very cool weather, 40s, on Thursday.

"The bigger guys moved around a little better," Shula said. "They like this weather. Some of the smaller guys moved around better trying to stay warm."

Alabama has concluded preparations for Saturday's game at Bryant-Denny Stadium against LSU. The Crimson Tide, which has struggled this season going 4-6 overall and 2-4 in Southeastern Conference games. LSU, coming off an open week, is 8-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC games. Kickoff Saturday will be shortly after 6:45 p.m. CST with national television coverage by ESPN.

Shula said, "I truly believe LSU is worthy of their ranking. Their defense creates a lot of second-and-longs and third-and-longs. They have a dangerous offense with a good quarterback."

He said, "We will have to coach and play at our best. There are going to be opportunities and we have to be prepared to take advantage of them. It's a great challenge. It will be fun to play in this game, I'm sure, and I know it's going to be fun to coach in it."

Shula said Alabama is preparing to play the game with Donald Clarke and Greg McLain as the only available tight ends. Starter David Cavan was lost for the year, suffering a knee injury in last week's 38-0 win over Mississippi State. Clint Johnston has been out for a couple of weeks with a "stinger," a pinched nerve in the neck area. Shula noted that fullbacks Tim Castille, Le'Ron McClain, and Josh Smith can be utilized doing things "similar" to the assignments of the tight ends.

Shula said the captains for this week's game are Zach Fletcher (offense), Derrick Pope (defense), and Lance Taylor (special teams).


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