Alabama Benefiting from Time Off

By: Louis Montesi, III and
By: Louis Montesi, III and

The University of Alabama had walk-through sessions Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's Sugar Bowl clash with the Oklahoma Sooners.

The team had meetings Tuesday morning before taking a bus to a 90-minute practice in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There, they went through their final practice in pads of the season.

Alabama's secondary took major blows during the season when it lost Vinnie Sunseri and Nick Perry to season-ending injuries. The good news is the Tide defensive backs will get a boost thanks to extended practice time. Deion Delue, Eddie Jackson, Landon Collins and Haha Clinton-Dix are all healthy.

Head coach Nick Saban says having so much time off has been very beneficial for his team's depth and development.

"Everybody's happy that we just got finished with our last practice and we only have walk-through," said coach Saban Tuesday. "The one thing about the players: it's a great opportunity to help you develop your team when you're playing a bowl game. You get a lot of extra practice, and it helps a lot of young people, but by the end of it, you've practiced a lot, more than you'll ever practice for a game."

"We haven't played a game in three or four weeks, and we're really looking forward to getting back out there and hitting the other team," said sophomore center Ryan Kelly.

Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off Thursday at 7:30 PM CT. The game will be broadcast through ESPN.

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