Game Time Decisions

Placekicker Jamie Christensen, who is recovering from a groin injury suffered over two weeks ago, did some kicking today, but the decision about whether he will play on Saturday will probably be a game time decision, Crimson Tide Coach Mike Shula said Wednesday.

"We just have to see if he's sore and go from there," Shula said, "and he'll have some time to rest before the game. He's kicking more and more. We'll see."

Christensen said, "Each day I feel a little better. I went out before practice and kicked on my own, but I decided not to kick during the team period today."

"I think Coach Shula is going to sit me down and check my progress before the game," he said. "I think it will be more mental than anything."

The Crimson Tide practiced in shorts and shoulder pads in shortened work on Wednesday. Thursday's practice will be a short non-contact affair before a final walk-through, which is closed to the media, on Friday.

"We had the extra practice on Sunday. We tried to get off the field a little earlier yesterday, and for sure earlier today," Shula said. "Yesterday was just an okay practice. I thought today was much better. We have to make sure we get lined up and do all of the things we have to do before the snap."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is 6:07 p.m.

Terry Grant did indeed change jersey numbers, out of the number 9 (shared by he and receiver Nikita Stover) and into number 29. Freshman Javier Arenas is now wearing 19 instead of 28, which he started out in.

Shula remained equivocal when asked about the status of linebacker Juwan Simpson and receiver D.J. Hall for Saturday's game. Simpson was arrested over the summer and Hall was at home in Fort Walton over the summer.

Simpson said he didn't know if he would be starting on Saturday.

"That's for Coach Shula to decide. I'm out here trying to impress him and trying to do the right things and get better every day."

Shula said, "He's done everything we asked him like every other player; worked hard."

Hall hasn't been available for any interviews this week. Asked if he expected Hall to play Saturday Shula said, "Yeah, we hope so."

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