Bama Continues Game Preparation

The University of Alabama team held a two-hour practice Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as preparations continue for Saturday's annual homecoming game against the Houston Cougars at Bryant-Denny Stadium.



Alabama worked on regular first-and-10, second and long, goal-line and short yardage situations during Tuesday's session.

Senior left cornerback Simeon Castille talked about playing his final homecoming game and the importance of getting his team back on the right track after two close losses the last two weeks.

"I have not thought about it that much, but it is crazy to hear this is my last homecoming game," Castille said after Tuesday's practice.

"It seems like yesterday I was playing in my first game against Utah State (Sept. 4, 2004 and scored on 31-yard interception return in third quarter). Time flies. Hopefully we will get a win this week and we need one bad. It would be great to get a win on homecoming and get us back on the right track."

The Alabama-Houston game kicks off at 2:07 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday and will televised on a pay-per-view basis through the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter).

Fans in the states of Alabama and Texas may order the game through their local cable outlets, DirecTV or DISH Network. The game is available outside the states of Alabama and Texas through ESPN GamePlan, DirecTV and DISH Network.

Alabama junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) and senior left cornerback Simeon Castille (Birmingham) met with the media following Tuesday's practice.

Wilson had a thick ice pack on his shoulder, but said he wasn't injured. Six games and a lot of throwing, he said.

Here are other comments:

John Parker Wilson

On offensive struggles

"One of things we have stressed this week, obviously Coach Saban has talked about it a lot, we just have to come out and be consistent as an offensive unit. We need to really concentrate on that during practice so it translates over to the game. It goes back to being consistent. I don't think on every play we are being consistent. It is something we are working on, and something we are going to get better at. We have a great offense. We are clicking at times and need to put a whole game together."

On execution of offense

"It's our responsibility as players to go out and execute the plays, no matter what it is. I think we have put in a good position on every play and in every game.

On Houston's defense

"They have great speed. They have great skill guys. The front seven are good as well. They have big guys that can hit and are very physical and of course the speed they have outside is very good."

Simeon Castille

On practice this week

"I thought we had a pretty good practice today. We are really trying to get ready for Houston, and they are a little bit different just because of the style of offense they play."

"You really can't look at them from a big picture. You have to break them down. They do so much and do certain things out of certain formations, so that is what we are trying to get a read on. So watching film will be big throughout the week, but I feel that practice is going pretty good so far."

On what makes their offense so unique

"Just the places that they put people; you will see a wide receiver lined up in the backfield, the tailback out wide and all the motion they do and the plays that they run. They have some really good players on offense. The guys that they have make their offense good, especially the speed at wide receiver."

On difficulty in preparation

"It can be hard, but I don't think it will be too bad this week because our coaches have done a good job breaking them down, so it's not so confusing. The way they break it down by personnel. They are only going to run certain plays out of certain personnel packages. Once you pick up on that you can get a read on what they are trying to do."

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