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Expect a physical game when the Alabama Crimson Tide face the Tennessee Volunteers.

“We’ve been watching a lot of film on these guys and they have a lot of physical players,” Alabama senior offensive lineman Mike Johnson said after Tuesday’s practice. “Number 5 (Rico McCoy) is a great linebacker and we’ve watched him crunch a couple of people and everybody knows about Eric Berry. They’ve got some guys up front that are talented too. It’s going to be a physical game and we expect it to be.”

Alabama football coach Nick Saban expects a Tennessee team that brings a strong running game.

“I think this is probably the best team running the football that we have played and the strength of their team is probably their backs, as well as their offensive line,” Saban said. “(Montario) Hardesty and Bryce Brown are both really good, physical, down-hill, hard runners. They both play with a lot of toughness.

“Their defense is very, very good, one of the top-ranked defenses in the country. Eric Berry is maybe the best player in our conference, defensive player, in terms of his play-making ability and all the things he does. He is an absolutely phenomenal football player. He is one of the best.”

On to the links:
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Other notes:
Colin Peek Named to John Mackey Award Watch List
Alabama senior tight end Colin Peek is one of 22 players named to the 2009 John Mackey Award Watch List, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced Monday afternoon. The Mackey Award is given annually to best collegiate tight end and the winner will be announced on Dec. 10.

Rolando McClain Named Lott Trophy Player of the Week
Alabama junior linebacker Rolando McClain has been named the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week. Alabama will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of McClain’s accomplishment.

The Decatur, Ala., native had seven tackles, two quarterback pressures, one tackle for loss (-2 yards) and one pass breakup as the Tide held No. 22 South Carolina without a touchdown in a 20-6 win.

“This guy shows up every single Saturday,” said Pat Dye, a member of the Legends Coaches who selected the Player of the Week. “He is the best defensive player I have seen this year. No, make that the best defensive player I’ve seen in many years.”

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  1. 1
    Indiana Vol

    A young lad from Alabama decides to attend college at a small school out of state. After a couple months away he writes home to tell his parents he met a wonderful girl and has fallen in love. “She is beautiful, smart, and is a virgin” he says in his letter. Upon reading the letter, his father immediately calls him on the phone to voice his concern. “Son”, the dad says, “So she is a virgin”? “If her own daddy does not want anything to do with her, then there must be something very wrong with her”.

    Q: What do you call a 14 year old virgin in Alabama?
    A: Someone who can outrun her daddy and brothers.

    Q: How do men in Alabama order an extra gallon
    of milk from the milkman?
    A: They pin a note on their wife’s bra before leaving for work.

    Q: What do a divorce in Alabama and a tornado have in common?
    A: Someone is getting ready to lose a trailer.

  2. 3
    alex hamilton

    Wow. IndianaVol, did you spend all night online to find those “jokes”.

    All I know is that everytime I’ve been to the Smokies in the past 15 years, one out of four people I’ve encountered in that part of the world are either missing teeth or have black teeth. And you want to throw off on Alabama? Good luck with that.

    It will be so sad come Sunday. You won’t show up here or post at all after Alabama destroys the Hello Kitty and his daddy.

    Anybody that needs their daddy to help them do their job is an immature piece of shit.

    Of course, now that I think of it, use of the words “immature piece of shit” and “Lane Kiffin” is redundant. We should not expect anything more out of UT fans than what their bullshit coach says.

    Oh, and I had it wrong about IndianaVol’s heritage. I’ve recently found out that he is the lovechild of Charles in Reeltown and Pat Summit.

  3. 5
    CrimsonBrother

    You guy’s better hurry up and get your punches in on “Indiana Vol”.

    Because he/she want be around anymore after 5:30pm (Central Standard Time) Saturday Oct. 24th, 2009.

    ROLL TIDE CRIMSON BROTHER’S!!!!!!!

    21 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  4. 6
    E.G. White

    People, it’s a damn shame that 3/4 of both teams hail from other states and therefore aren’t aware of or caught up in the history of this series. That keeps the game from having the intensity of the days of old. The players by and large aren’t aware of the great traditional rivalry. Actually the greatest in the South. From long before Auburn for us or Florida for them. Therefore they can’t appreciate the utter, unrestrained hatred that has enveloped the series since the Pillsbury Dough Boys antics. And as much as we totally detest the Volunqueers, they actually hate us more. Why! Because their tradition is second only to ours and is second only because of ours. Until Fulmer had his little run against us, Tennessee had a purely aniemic record against us. We have won the lions share of big victories over the years, and many, many times we have ruined what would have been a great season or National Championship for them. We even played them pretty even victory wise when their God, General Neyland was there. Oh yes, they hate us! If you think Indiana Volunqueer is bad, you should make a run over to VolQuest at Rivals. If filthy language, filthy inuendos and vile slurs will get you a nice spot in Hell – those bastards over there are Satan’s General Managers. You can’t even hold an intelligent conversation for the vile shit that constantly spews forth. I just wish all the football team could read that shit. Believe me, it would open their eyes to the importance, hate and intensity with which this game should be played. I can hardly restain myself from retaliating, but to what avail? I console myself with knowing that anyone with that much hate and evil in their hearts will suffer beyond comprehension when Bama stomps the shit out of their Volunqueers! How f–king sweet it is!!! Roll Tide Roll! Rammer Jammer Yollow Hammer!

  5. 9
    alex hamilton

    Hey IndianaVol

    Are you even going to the game? If so meet me right outside gate 33 after the game. I’m going to curb stomp you then throw your body onto Bryant Drive.

  6. 10
    CarlosHawes

    Should be a good game to watch regardless. My (admittedly biased) pick: UT 23 AL 18.

    Enjoy the game everybody!

  7. 11
    CarlosHawes

    A Bammer walks into a hardware store and asks for a chain saw that will cut 6 trees in one hour. The salesman recommends the top of the line model. The Bammer is suitably impressed, and buys it. The next day he brings it back, complaining that it would only cut down 1 tree and it took ALL DAY! The salesman takes the chain saw, starts it up to see what’s wrong, and the Bammer says, “What’s that noise?”

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