Tide takes practice inside as SEC opener nears

TUSCALOOSA, AL The Alabama football team held a two-hour practice in full pads Wednesday afternoon inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. The Crimson Tide continued preparation for Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener against No. 10 Arkansas in Fayetteville.

With the Crimson Tide facing a potent Razorback offense as well as one of the nation's top defenses, head coach Nick Saban knows his team will face a tough challenge and has liked the way players have approached this week's work.

"We've really had a good week of work," Saban said after Wednesday's practice.  "This is obviously a challenging team that we're playing in terms of their scheme and talent level, but I've been pleased with the way the players have responded and the way they've worked at it.  The preparation has been good."

On Wednesday, Trent Richardson was added to the watch list for the 2010 Paul Hornung Award, which recognizes versatile, high-level players in major college football with players from all FBS teams being eligible.

Richardson leads Alabama with 271 yards rushing on 39 attempts through the first three games of the season.  He has scored four rushing touchdowns and added another on a 91-yard kickoff return, bringing his total to four returns for 165 yards.  He has also caught eight passes for 101 yards and recorded a tackle on kickoff coverage.

The Crimson Tide will return to the practice field on Thursday for the week's final tune up before traveling to Fayetteville on Friday.  Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson calling the action from the booth and Tracy Wolfson on the sideline.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics