No. 1 Tide prepares for Gator face-off

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held its third practice of week Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.  The Crimson Tide worked out in full pads for two hours as Saturday's game against No. 7 Florida draws near.

Head coach Nick Saban has his team working hard in practice this week to make corrections before the Tide and Gators square off.  After Wednesday's practice, Saban stressed the importance of players preparing with intensity in order to improve in a short amount of time.

"I think it's important for us as a team right now to make improvement, and I think to do that everybody needs to understand the kind of intensity that you need to have so that you can improve," Saban said. "It was pretty obvious in the last game when we didn't have the kind of intensity that we needed, we didn't play very well in the first half.  When we had better intensity, we played better."

On Wednesday junior safety Robert Lester received more recognition for his seven-tackle, two-interception performance against Arkansas last week by being named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week.  As a result, Lester will be added to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

Alabama will practice once more on Thursday before holding a walk through on Friday.  Saturday's kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium is set for 7:10 p.m. (CDT) and will be nationally televised by CBS.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics