Tiders Get Some Time Off

Alabama Head Football Coach Dennis Franchione said that his football team has done "as good as I could have asked for" in three practices during the Crimson Tide's open week.

Bama players will have Friday and Saturday off and will resume practice Sunday afternoon. Alabama, 3-4 overall and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference games, returns to action a week from Saturday, October 3, in a Homecoming game against LSU. Kickoff will be shortly after 2:30 p.m. CST with television coverage by CBS.

After what Franchione called "great" practices Tuesday and Wednesday, the Thursday practice was less strenuous. Players were out in helmets and shorts for about an hour and 15 minutes. The team worked on every aspect of the kicking game and on two-minute drills. "It was short and sweet," Franchione said.

The coach admitted that he was concerned about how practices would be in the off week after back-to-back losses and setbacks in three of the last four games. But, he said, "It was as good as I could have asked for."

Both the cutback in work Thursday and the time off Friday and Saturday is in part because of Franchione's concern about player fatigue late in the season. "We want them to have time for their legs to recover," he said. While the players will be off, Franchione said the coaching staff would be working, although he said that Saturday would be a time for watching college football. He said he would like to wake up and start watching college football and watch it until he went to sleep that night. He admitted that he would take particular interest in the Ole Miss-LSU game since LSU is Alabama's next opponent.

Alabama has gotten a head start on the game plan for LSU. Franchione said that because the kicking work had been done in the off week that Sunday's practice, which will be much like a normal Tuesday practice during the week, would not include kicking. And, he said, because both the offense and defense are ahead in their plans, there will be some time to "tinker with some things" when practice resumes next week.

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