Saban: It's not all about the sacks

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 3 Alabama's imposing defensive front is gearing up for its biggest test.

The Crimson Tide hosts Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett and the nation's No. 2 offense on Saturday in its Southeastern Conference opener.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says getting pressure with a four-man rush will be a big key in containing the Razorbacks' high-powered passing game. The Tide is tied for the SEC lead with 10 sacks; Arkansas has allowed only a pair of sacks in two games.

The 'Bama offense also got some welcome news Monday. Receiver Julio Jones and tailback Roy Upchurch returned to practice after missing the North Texas game with leg injuries.

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