Tide Players Are Headed Home

For a head coach who might have to answer questions about any one of over 100 players at any time, off weeks don't necessarily mean there's nothing to worry about.

Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula held a practice today that last just short of an hour. The talk he gave to the team afterwards was not that long, but long enough for Shula to make his point about how his players should act when they disperse from Tuscaloosa for the weekend.

Shula said he talked to his team about, "getting some rest and taking advantage of the time off. Spend some time with your friends and family and remember who you represent; (you represent) all of us, and take care of each other that way."

Many players will see their high school teams play for the first time this season. John Parker Wilson, Cory Reamer and Will Oakley got that chance when Hoover played Nease (Fla.) the Saturday before the Tide's first game.

Nick Walker (Pike County) and Roman Harper (Prattville), alumns of two of the best high school teams in their state classification, are both planning on attending games back home this weekend.

"The best in the state," Harper said, proclaiming his alma mater's number one ranking in class 6A.

"I'm going home and I'll be there just in time for kickoff," Harper said. "I'll be on the sidelines. I'm going to go out there and check out that new field they're on."

The lions play host to fifth-ranked Carver Friday night.

"I heard we like to put up 21 points on (opponents) quick and go from there. Carver's going to be one of the toughest teams we play this year. It will be a tough one for us," Harper said. "I don't get much time off, so whenever I get a chance to see my high school play I'm really honored and happy to go back and see how they're doing."

Walker will be attending Pike County's game against Dale County, in what's likely to be a one-sided contest for the second-ranked class 3A team. Pike County beat Abbeville 91-0 last week, it's third game over 60 points in three weeks. They've allowed 13 total points from opponents.

They've been doing good; running the score up on people," Walker said. "I talked to a couple of my coaches and they had been catching it from everybody, but what can you do? They have 20-something players, you can't possibly change the lineup. It's hard to avoid it."

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