Football’s Work Continues on Wednesday for Rivalry Game with Tennessee


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team put two more hours of work in full pads on Wednesday afternoon outdoors at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

The team continued to refine its gameplan to combat a Tennessee pass defense that leads the SEC thus far. The annual “Third Saturday in October” contest between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers is scheduled for a 2:39 p.m. CT kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will air live on CBS. Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will work from the booth, while Allie LaForce mans the sidelines.

The Crimson Tide and Volunteers will meet for 100th time in a rivalry that dates back to the 1901 season. Alabama holds the advantage, 54-37-8 (52-38-7 after vacations) in the all-time series, and has won the last 10 matchups between the two squads. Most recently, the Tide took down Tennessee, 49-10, in Knoxville a season ago.

Earlier in the day, head coach Nick Saban was named to the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Watch List. The Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award recognizes the country’s top college football coaches for their contributions both on and off the field. The winner will be announced live on Jan. 10, 2018, during the awards dinner and ceremony at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas.

Earlier this week, redshirt senior offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick were named to the 2017 CBS Sports Midseason All-America Team. Alabama also placed four players on the Sports Illustrated 2017 Midseason All-America Team. Fitzpatrick and Bozeman were first-team selections, while defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne and defensive back Levi Wallace received second-team recognition from SI. The midseason All-America honors were the fourth for both Fitzpatrick and Bozeman, the third for Wallace and the second for Payne.

Fitzpatrick was also selected as one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced on Wednesday afternoon. The award goes to a college football defensive player who has had the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.