Busy Sunday

After taking in a little over half of the Saints-Panthers game at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Alabama football team trekked to the outskirts of town for a practice indoors at the Saints facility that lasted approximately two hours.

The workout was the second for Alabama since arriving in New Orleans Saturday in preparation for the AllState Sugar Bowl Friday night. Bama will move all of its practices to the Superdome beginning Monday afternoon. Reporters were allowed to watch approximately 15 minutes of the early portions of practice individual position workout periods. (See videos linked below). The offense wore white jerseys and the defense wore crimson. The quarterbacks were in their usual black jerseys.

It was apparently a briskly-paced workout. Starting offensive lineman Mike Johnson was dripping sweat when he met with the media afterwards, and warned the media that they might not want to get to close to him. Safety Rashad Johnson, linebacker Cory Reamer and tight end Nick Walker also met briefly with the media after the workout.

"We had to knock off the rust a little bit, but today we had a really good practice," Rashad Johnson said. "Guys pushed themselves through practice."

There was little substantive news revealed following the workout. The players all seemed to feel preparation for Friday's game was going well, and they all said they were enjoying being in New Orleans with family and friends. Saban had already addressed the media earlier in the morning in a press conference at the Marriott Convention Center hotel and prior to that on Saturday as the team arrived.

An Interesting Perspective

One man who had an interesting perspective on Saban, as well as other Sugar Bowl coaches, was New Orleans police officer Bryan Fleetwood. He is a lifelong New Orleanian who is providing security for Saban (along with the usual Alabama state troopers) this week and sporting an LSU National Championship ring. Fleetwood, who said he's been working the Sugar Bowl for 16 years, also provided security for Saban in 2001 and 2003. In working past games he's also spent time around Bobby Bowden, R.C. Slocumb, Les Miles, and Tommy Tuberville.

Fleetwood said Bowden was the easiest coach to be around because he never went out, and called Tuberville "one of the nicest guys that I've been around." Of Saban, Fleetwood said he doesn't harbor any hard feelings about him leaving LSU, and that Saban seemed more relaxed now than in 2003 when LSU was preparing to play for a national championship.

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