Iron Bowl practice update

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Alabama and Auburn continue preparation for next week’s Iron Bowl. Alabama continues to work on fundamentals and getting healthy.

“Practice has gone pretty well the last couple of days,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday’s practice. “We have a lot of guys nicked up. We have some guys getting a chance to get healthy and work on some fundamentals. We’ve had a chance to work on some things we have not seen this year from any other teams that we will see. We have been working against each other to improve fundamentally. The things we are trying to do is get our players to focus on attention to detail and things we are trying to do right now.”

Injury update
Will Oakley had surgery on his shoulder and it was successful, Saban announced. He is expected to miss two games at a minimum.

Alabama’s offense
While Alabama has run the ball effectively this year it doesn’t mean Nick Saban has forgotten about the pass. Saban said the team hasn’t done anything consciously to throw the ball less this year, it just sort of happened as the team developed its tough identity. Saban was emphatic that he continues to believe in balance.

“I still think the most important thing that we can do offensively is create balance in what we do,” Saban said.

Not that running the ball is a bad thing, but running the ball should open up other opportunities.

“We should be taking advantage of being a good running team by how we are able to throw the ball,” Saban said.

What does Alabama need to accomplish that balance? Other players need to step up.

“It is something we’ve needed to work on all year—our efficiency and effectiveness in the passing game,” Saban said. “Not from John Parker’s standpoint, but from protection, route running—people getting open, being consistent. We have not gotten where we want to be.”

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Saban said Wilson’s efficiency is better this year and pointed out Wilson’s interceptions are down this year compared to last season. Last year Wilson tossed 12 interceptions for the season. Through 11 games in 2008, Wilson has tossed only five interceptions. Wilson has a 124.8 efficiency rating and has thrown for 1,775 yards.

“His judgement, his decision making has been a real positive for us,” Saban said.

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  1. 1
    Auburn Man

    Hello All! And greetings from the creme de la creme of the social world.

    Just checking in to see if you ragged little Bammerhoids are shaking in your piss stained boots at the walloping you are about to recieve from my beloved Tigers. Do yourselves a favor. Just forfiet now. Give up. There is no shame in admitting defeat to the great Auburn athletic machine.

    Now i am off to throw spike strips in front of handicapped school buses. Why?
    Because I am Auburn Man. And I am entitled to do anything I like.

    Nothing says “ELITE” like an orange blazer.

    Skipper Pilkington-Smythe
    (just call me sir, when i order my cappochino.)

  2. 6
    bushsux

    Why should any Bama fan be shaking in their boots concerning the Barn? That’s the biggest joke I’ve seen this year. H@ll, even Vandy wasn’t shaking in their boots and look how that turned out. If anybody is shaking right now it’s Tubberloserville and his minions. Especially the great Kody Burns. Wait til Bama’s defensive front gets through with him. You won’t even be able to recognize him.

  3. 8
    Auburn Man

    Admit it Bammers youa are all afraid of the mighty War tigers for the plains!
    We have Kodi Burns!
    We have Mario Fannin!
    We have Sen Derrick Marks!
    We have Brad Lester!
    We have champaigne, caviar, and Northern Railroad!
    All you Bammerscums have is higher learning and the #1 team in the country.
    Fear Nov 29th.
    Give up now!
    Now I say!
    And for my brethren Julio and Ballplay( who also happens to me my maseusse
    6 IN A ROW!
    LAMO!
    SPREEEAAAAAD EAGLE!

  4. 9
    Ballplay Indian.

    Tmc1/Auburnman/impersonator of me.

    You are a puss. You are sick and tired of getting your tail whipped in every vewrbal altercation with me, so you resort to middle school tactics. Your a wimpy little wuss that I would stomp a mudhole in and walk it dry if you ever thought about saying anything to my face, soooo you hide. At least have the stones enough to keep your screen name. But then everyone would know that its the same spastic day in and out. I see right through your stupidity.

    And by the way, your not funny.

  5. 10
    tmc1

    Ballplay
    1st… did you ever have the mental facilities to match your “vewrbal” skills and deduct that I might not be responsible for it?
    Secondly, you are one to talk about people using more than one screen name. You have been caught logging in as Julio more times than you have been laid in your miserable existence on this frigging rock we call planet Earth,
    And finally, speaking about middle school tactics. “Stomp a mudhole…blah blah blah….” is about as middle school as you can get. Am I supposed to be intimidated by your little threat?
    Lets be clear Jr. No body is scared of you. Especially me.
    If you will look around the blogs you will see I havent been too busy posting on any of them. I dont get very much time to do posts lately. Yet here I am anwering your feebley obtuse attempts at trying to be a blog badass.
    Ballplay lets just cut to the chase…
    If you were about shit …. you wouldnt even be an Auburn fan.

  6. 11
    OMNIPRESENT

    BamaBrando Says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 1:10 pm
    especially Omni. You can almost see his yellow moustache.

    hahahahahahhahahahahhahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahah YOUR FUNNY BB!!!

    But it Beats that SABAN ASS smell you have on your NOSE!!!

  7. 12
    BamaBrando

    Dang Ballplay, will you beat my ass too? I have been needing a good ass kicking from an Auburn guy this year. When you are finished with tmc1 can I be next? Please?

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