The No. 3/2 Alabama football team practiced for two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields on Monday as it began preparations for Saturday's game at No. 12/12 Florida. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
"This is a challenge for our team, a great opportunity for our team to play probably one of the best teams in our league, and no doubt in one of the most difficult places to play and a program that has great tradition," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "This is a great opportunity, and I want our players to focus on what they need to do to play well. These guys have great players; we've got great players. Everybody needs to focus on what they need to do to play well."
Saturday's meeting marks the 37th time the Crimson Tide and Gators have faced each other and the 11th time Alabama has played in Gainesville. The Tide leads the overall series 21-14 and also holds an 8-2 advantage in games played at Florida.
Earlier in the day, juniors Trent Richardson and Barrett Jones were recognized by the Southeastern Conference as they were named Offensive Player of the Week and Offensive Lineman of the Week, respectively, following Alabama's 38-14 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. Richardson rushed for a game-high 126 yards on 17 carries, marking his third-straight 100-yard game, and also caught three passes for a game-best 85 yards. Jones received the highest grade on the Alabama offensive line and helped lead a balanced Tide attack that led to 197 rushing yards and 200 passing yards.
"I'm happy with what I've done, but I can never be complacent about it," said Richardson. "I know I can get better. I have a lot to work on. The season is early right now. I still have to work on a lot of my pass protection. I missed a couple reads last week. I left a lot of yards on the field last week. I know I could have done better. In my head, 126 yard game is a good game, but I can do better."