Thursday Practice Report

Alabama (7-0 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched, did special teams and individual drills and their usual "Move the Ball" work on Thursday, running through the script of offensive plays that will open the homecoming game against Utah State (2-4 overall, 1-3 WAC) Saturday afternoon.

The 85th Homecoming game, and final non-conference game of the regular season, will be televised in Alabama and Utah on a pay-per-view with a 2:07 p.m. kickoff. The game is available on DirecTV, the DISH Network and ESPN Game Plan (outside of Alabama).

"We've had three pretty good days of practice," Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said. "Today was all our down and distance, move the ball stuff. The guys worked hard, looked good and we just have to take that to the field on Saturday."

The captains for Saturday's game are Mark Anderson, Tim Castille and Juke King. Because the game is a non-conference home game, all players eligible to dress will be on the sideline (approximately 115).

Shula wasn't sure if Tyrone Prothro would be able to attend the game. "We'll see how he's feeling," he said.

Alabama will have a walk-through on Friday before the seniors head over to the quad to speak at the annual Homecoming pep rally.

"We talked to our guys about homecoming. It's hard when you are a player a player, we don't realize it when we until you get older and you have a chance to come back home. But our focus as a football team is not on homecoming, it's got to be on Utah State," Shula said.

"(For) the seniors, it's a neat night. Tomorrow night we'll have the seniors get up and talk, I think it's right around 7 o'clock. They're a little bit nervous because I told them I'm not sure which ones are speaking."

Shula did not elucidate when asked about the status of back-up quarterback John Parker Wilson, but Wilson's re-emergence from the scout team jersey he wore last week to the quarterback's regular yellow jersery this week seems to indicate he will be available this week.

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