Jones, Christensen Shine

Alabama completed Tuscaloosa preparations Thursday for its game at Florida and after the workout in shorts and helmets Coach Mike Shula said that things looked promising for a couple of injured regulars to be back in the lineup this week.

Alabama has been without 2005 placekicking star Jamie Christensen for field goals all year. Last week the Tide lost a one-point, double overtime game at Arkansas when back-up Leigh Tiffin missed three field goals and an extra point.

Christensen, who suffered a groin injury in pre-season work, has been kicking off the past few weeks and Thursday Shula said, "Jamie kicked. He's feeling good. He kicked more than he's been kicking. If he's ready Saturday, he'll be our kicker."

Bama was also without strongside linebacker Terrence Jones last Saturday. Jones, who suffered a shoulder injury, has done a little more each day. "Terrence practiced," Shula said. "He felt as good as he's felt since he was injured, which is a good sign. We'll get him on the field if he's ready."

Defensive end Ezekial Knight is not going to make the trip. He is undergoing tests.

Alabama, 3-1 overall and 1-1 in Southeastern Conference play, will take on fifth-ranked Florida, 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league games, at 2:30 p.m. CDT (3:30 EDT) Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. CBS will televise the game.

Shula said that Florida "has some good little change-ups off their things that keep you on your toes."

Shula said his team recognizes the challenge ahead. "They've worked hard," he said. "Our guys are the ones on the field. Only 11 can go out at a time, but the rest will be behind them. It will be loud. But we'll have some Bama fans there, too. And our band is going."

He said game captains would be cornerback Simeon Castille on defense, kick returner D.J. Hall on special teams, and wide receiver Keith Brown on offense. All are juniors.

In a written release prior to the start of practice, Shula announced today that junior running back Max Martin has been dismissed from the team due to a violation of team rules. Martin, a transfer from Michigan who joined the program in January, has not seen game action for the Crimson Tide this season due to NCAA transfer eligibility requirements.


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