Alabama football: Smart to FSU? & other links

The SEC Championship game edges closer, and Alabama worked indoors Tuesday. You can read more about that below. The big story is chatter about Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and FSU. Smart looks to be a hot commodity, and is a finalist for the Broyles Award.

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More about Alabama’s Smart:
SMART NAMED FINALIST FOR BROYLES AWARD: Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has been named one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top assistant coach in college football.

Smart is joined by Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn, Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpus as this year’s finalists.

Under Smart’s tutelage, the Alabama defense ranks among the top three nationally in all three major statistical categories. UA is first in the NCAA in pass efficiency defense (85.88), second in scoring defense (10.83 ppg) and rushing defense, (77.08 ypg) and third in total defense (233.92 ypg). Alabama has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 straight games – a streak that leads the country. The Crimson Tide defense has recorded 19 interceptions this year which is currently seventh in the NCAA standings.

Here is the latest on Alabama:
Crimson Tide Works Indoors (via UA)
The Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Tuesday afternoon as preparations for the 2009 SEC Championship Game continued.

Alabama senior defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington talked about the team’s work this week for Saturday’s game against No. 1 Florida.

“We are trying to limit our mistakes and everybody do our job on every play,” Washington said after Tuesday’s practice. “The more times we do that the more successful we will be.”

Washington also noted that the experience of playing the Gators last season and facing other teams with a similar offense will be helpful in this week’s game plan.

“I think it helps us a lot that we are used to their offense.” Washington said “We’ve played them once before. We’ve also seen their offensive coordinator (Dan Mullen) from last year at Mississippi State. That’s like kind of playing them again, earlier. Auburn’s offense is similar to that. Virginia Tech ran some similar things, like the shovel pass. We played a couple of other teams here and there that did similar things to what Florida does. It’s just experience.”

The 2009 SEC Championship Game will kick off at 3 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and will be nationally televised by CBS Sports. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson will call the action from Atlanta. Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss will call the action for the Crimson Tide Sports Network. The game can be heard locally in Tuscaloosa on WFNN-FM (95.3).