SEC Football Notebook

Alabama head football coach Dennis Franchione was not sure how his team would respond when practice resumed Tuesday after last week's 35-24 loss to Tennessee. After two days of hard work on the practice field, the first-year Crimson Tide head coach is pleased with his players work ethic.

"I was concerned going into Tuesday how we would practice," Franchione said. "We have practiced hard. I have been very pleased with our work the last two days. I could not ask for any more out of them."

The will holds its final practice of the week on Thursday before taking Friday and Saturday off with an open date this weekend. Alabama will return to its normal game-week schedule with a full-contact workout this Sunday afternoon.

Alabama practiced for two-and-one half hours Wednesday afternoon in full gear, working the first-team offense against the first-team defense and the second-team offense against the second-team defense.

The Crimson Tide worked on a number of scrimmage-type situations on Wednesday, including rushing, passing, two-minute offense and goal-line situations. Alabama will begin preparation for the LSU game (Nov. 3) on Thursday, introducing some of its game against the Tigers.


Razorbacks Ready to Clash with No. 17 Auburn

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas Razorbacks spent two hours on the practice fields Wednesday preparing for this Saturday's conference showdown with the 17th-ranked Auburn Tigers.

Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the Razorbacks have had a good week of practice to this point, but added there is still work to be done.

"We had another good day of work," Nutt said. "We're working on our execution of the game plan. Auburn has some weapons. They have a good receiver in Tim Carter and Daniel Cobb has some experience at quarterback. We just need to keep working hard and maintain our focus the rest of this week."

Nutt added that crowd noise could play a factor in the game and encouraged Razorback fans to show up early and get loud.

"We need our fans, we need our students to really set the tempo," Nutt said. "I know it's an early kickoff, but we need an electric atmosphere. It was tough in the Tennessee game because of the weather and the Weber State game was different because it was not originally scheduled, so we really have not had the chance to get things started the right way.

"This is a big conference game. South Carolina had trouble last week in Little Rock with the crowd noise. We've got more seats here in Fayetteville and we really want the fans to make it a hard place to play ball."

The Razorbacks enter the game with a 3-3 mark overall and 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are 6-1 overall and stand at 4-0 in the SEC. Auburn is ranked 17th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Auburn owns a 6-3-1 mark all-time against the Razorbacks. Arkansas defeated the Tigers 34-10 in 1999 in the last meeting in Fayetteville, with the Tigers claiming a 21-19 victory last year in Auburn.

The game is slated for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Jefferson-Pilot will televise the game on a regional basis.


Kicking Game Gets Attention at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. -- The 17th-ranked Auburn football team went through a two-hour practice session on Wednesday preparing for Saturday's game at Arkansas. The trip to Fayetteville will mark the first of three road games that the Tigers will play in their last four contests of the season.

"We had good weather today and went in shorts and shoulder pads," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We tried to spend a little more time on the kicking game today. We've been able to get a few more of our injured players back, so we've been able to get our starters off the kicking teams and our normal guys back on those teams."

Tuberville also discussed the status of junior linebacker Mark Brown, who has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury after recording a career-best 13 tackles against Mississippi State on Oct. 6.

"Injury wise, Mark Brown's not 100 percent yet, and we'll have to wait and see how far he progresses before Saturday before he plays or not," Tuberville said. "Everyone else was out and practiced today. James Callier's got a nagging groin injury, but he's practiced both days and should be ready to go by Saturday."

Auburn leads the all-time series with the Arkansas, 6-3-1, and holds a 2-1-1 advantage in Fayetteville. Arkansas won the last meeting in Reynolds Razorback Stadium, 34-10, in 1999. Saturday's game will kick off at 11:30 a.m. CT and will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports.


Scout Teams Give Georgia a Taste of Gators

ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs (5-1, 4-1 SEC) practiced for more than two hours in shoulder pads and shorts on Wednesday afternoon in Athens as they continue to get ready for this Saturday's annual showdown with No. 6 Florida (5-1, 3-1) in Jacksonville, Fla.

Head coach Mark Richt was pleased with the effort of his team during the session, which was set by the Bulldogs' scout teams.

"It was a pretty good day -- good effort, a good spirited practice," Richt said. "The scout teams did a good job. We sort of challenged them before the day started. They set the tempo. If they go half-speed, it is easier for everyone else to follow. They worked hard and made everyone else work harder."

The Bulldogs face the Gators this Saturday at AllTel Stadium in Jacksonville. Kickoff is set for 3:30, and the game will be broadcast nationally by CBS. In addition, all Georgia football games are broadcast on NewsTalk 750 WSB and the WSB/Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network.


Tigers Continue to Prepare for Ole Miss

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU continued its preparations for Saturday's contest against Ole Miss with a two hour practice Wednesday at the LSU practice facility.

LSU will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-thru in Tiger Stadium on Friday.

The Tigers, who are riding a two-game Southeastern Conference winning streak, are 4-2 overall and 2-2 in league play. Ole Miss, winners of four straight, are 5-1 overall and 2-1 in SEC action. Last year, LSU posted a 20-9 win over Ole Miss in Oxford.

"I really feel that we practiced very well today," LSU coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday's practice. "This is probably as beat up as we have been after a football game, maybe all season long. We played hard, especially in the first half and the beginning of the second half, against Mississippi State.

"We don't have a lot of guys seriously injured but we have a lot of guys nicked up so today was the first day I felt like we got back in to the swing of things. We made some progress in terms of things we have to do."

Saban said that offensive guard Stephen Peterman (ankle) is still questionable for Saturday's contest. Peterman saw limited practice time on Wednesday.

The Tigers will face the Rebels at 8 p.m. on Saturday in Tiger Stadium in a game televised nationally by ESPN2.


Stallworth's Return Makes Vols Versatile

Tennessee welcomed the return of junior wide receiver Donte' Stallworth for Saturday's win at Alabama, and Vols coach Phillip Fulmer saw just how explosive his offense could be heading into the season's final six games.

"He's very experienced in our offense," Fulmer said of the 6-1, 190-pounder. "He knows how to work within the system and get himself open. Donte' is a guy who's looking for the football at all times, and three things he does for us is he runs routes exceptionally well, catches the football exceptionally well and is an outstanding runner after the catch."

Stallworth snared five passes Saturday for 80 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown on the game's opening drive. It was his first action since the opener against Syracuse, when he made three catches for 55 yards and a score before breaking a bone in his left wrist. The Sacramento, Calif., native missed three games because of his injury.

During Wednesday's practice at Hudson Field, the Vols worked through their usual midweek session on drop-back passing.

"That was the focus, both sides of the ball, along with screens and draws," Fulmer said. "I thought the kids did a good job. It remains to be seen if we can put it all together on Saturday. South Carolina is a very good team. They beat the team that beat us, Georgia. Their defense works hard to contain you, and we'll have to play our best."

Saturday's kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN2, with Dave Barnett, Bill Curry, Mike Golic and Michele Tafoya calling the action.

Injury Report: Questionable -- DE Will Overstreet (knee).

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