Alabama football: Tuesday news & links

The Alabama Crimson Tide practiced Monday indoors in Tuscaloosa. The Tide is getting ready for its SEC opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

“Arkansas, to me, is one of the best offensive teams in the country,” Saban said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “Bobby Petrino has always been one of the best offensive coaches, wherever he has been or whatever level. They have a great passing game; a very good system. Now with the quarterback Ryan Mallett, who leads the nation in passing efficiency, he is obviously a guy who can execute and do it very well, but he also has some very good players around him. They have a couple of running backs, Michael Smith and Dennis Johnson, who are very good players. They have three receivers who are in the top-10 in the SEC in terms of receptions. They have a good tight end. Their offensive line plays extremely well in their system.”

The best news for Alabama fans, Julio Jones and Roy Upchurch practiced. Expectations are the pair will be ready for the Arkansas game, but Saban said the players would be evaluated day-to-day.

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