Washington Gets Chance At Gamecocks

Alabama defensive end Lorenzo Washington is pleased to be preparing to play against a Steve Spurrier team this week and happy that his preparation to play against Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks came to nothing in 2005.

Under the Southeastern Conference rotating schedule, five teams from the SEC Eastern Division rotate on and off Alabama's schedule every four years. Alabama last played South Carolina in Columbia in 2005, a 37-14 Crimson Tide win.

Lorenzo Washington was a true freshman for the Crimson Tide in 2005 and preparing to play against the Gamecocks. Washington, a senior defensive end for Bama this year, said, "I traveled and I was supposed to play, but they saved me, saved that redshirt, thank the Lord."

Alabama, 6-0 and ranked second in the nation, will host South Carolina, 5-1 and ranked 22nd nationally, at 6:45 p.m. CDT Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ESPN will televise the game, which is Bama's homecoming.

Many are billing the game as a match of Alabama Coach Nick Saban, considered among the best defensive minds in college football, against South Carolina Steve Spurrier, long noted as a top offensive coach.

Washington said, Spurrier "is a great coach. He's going to go down, no matter where he ends up or how he finishes up, as one of the great and top coaches in history. He turned Florida around. He turned Soputh Carolina around.

"So it's going to be a really good game. He's an offensive-minded coach. He does a lot of things on offense to get you messed up. It's going to be a battle of a good offensive coach against a good defensive coach.

"It will be interesting to see how it's going to play out.

"The coaches will have a good scheme. We're going to go out there and try to execute it."

Washington has started all six games at Alabama this year. he has been in on six tackles and also had a sack for a 14-yard loss. he's broken up a pass and had two quarterback hurries. And he's best remembered for blocking a punt that led to a touchdown in a win over Arkansas. ("Way to go, Lionel!")

Washington said, "South Carolina's a really good team. Just like coach Saban said, they're four points away from being an undefeated team. I really think they're an underrated team. They have an incredible defense. The quarterback does a lot. He makes a lot of plays. They have pretty good receivers, too. They're a really good team."

The Tide player said, "We know we've got to go out there and play our best ball every week cause no matter who we play they can go out there and beat us and they can go out there and win, too.".

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