Alabama holds first practice for BCS title game

      Nick Saban oversees a defensive back drill during the first practice for the BCS National Championship game Tuesday. (

      TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team returned to the practice fields for the first time to begin preparations for the Discover BCS National Championship game. The Crimson Tide stuck to the basics in shells for a two hour practice on Tuesday.

      "It was a good first day back and good to get started again," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "The focus has been on fundamentals, conditioning and basic things that we need to do to try to play good football. When we've had a couple weeks off, we want to go back and almost reinstall the basics of what we need to do. This is a really important time, these five practices before Christmas, to get those basic fundamentals down."

      Alabama had four players named to the 2012 Consensus All-America team, the NCAA announced, giving the Crimson Tide 16 in the last five seasons. The 16 is nine more than any other team in the country over the last five years.

      Alabama will meet top-ranked Notre Dame in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 7, to determine the national champion.


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