Information provided by the University of Alabama Athletics Dept.
The University of Alabama football team arrived in New Orleans Friday afternoon
and got its first practice of bowl week under its belt with a two-hour workout
inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Tide head coach Nick Saban met with the media at an introductory press
conference along with captains AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Kevin Norwood.
Alabama will meet No. 11 Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Jan.
2, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Sooners possess a potent
offense that features a pair of talented signal-callers.
"I think that we have a
lot of respect for both of (Oklahoma's) quarterbacks and what their
capabilities are," Saban said. "I think both guys are people who will run their
offense very efficiently and effectively. Both are dual threats in terms of
their ability to run the ball and run the option and pull the ball on the dive
and challenge you on the perimeter, as well as be able to throw the ball in the
play action game or on third down when they drop back."
2014 Sugar Bowl will also be the final game for a group of seniors who have
compiled a 46-6 record over the last four years and a 60-6 mark over the last
"We have to make sure that everyone is staying focused – the main thing is that when we get to practice we are doing the same things that we have done all year," senior linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "We had eight practices in-a-row leading up to this and everyone had the right mindset then. We had great practices and got our bodies back in shape. We have these practices the next few days, and if we practice well we will have a good chance to win."