Tide preps for face off with Gamecocks

TUSCALOOSA, AL. – The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

The Crimson Tide defense, which has not allowed a touchdown by an opposing running back all season, will look to slow down South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore, who is averaging 91.5 yards per game and has six touchdowns on the year.

"He's a great SEC back," sophomore linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. "He is probably one of the biggest that we have seen so far. He is great fundamentally. He is not one of those guys who wants to shake-and-bake, he's a north and south runner. He's a really good back."

Alabama will hold two more practices on Wednesday and Thursday, before flying to the Palmetto State on Friday. The No. 1 Tide will take on the No. 19 Gamecocks Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CDT, on CBS with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson calling the action from the booth and Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sideline.