Crimson Tide remains indoors for SEC Championship practice; Freshman WR Black may play

Nick Saban said on Wednesday that freshman wide receiver Chris Black doesn't mind burning his redshirt to play in the SEC Championship game against Georgia. (

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The football team remained indoors as it continued preparations for No. 3 ranked Georgia in a game that will decide the Southeastern Conference champion. The Crimson Tide practiced for two hours in full pads in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

"The players have created a great opportunity for themselves," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "This is a great venue being the SEC Championship game against obviously one of the best teams in the country in Georgia. Our players have worked hard this week. We've had some weather issues, but we also just assume practice inside to get acclimated to the turf as well as the conditions we will end up playing in. The big challenge here is for the players to be who you are and not surrender to any of the hype around the game."

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, which goes annually to the nation's top quarterback. The junior is second in the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown for 2,507 yards with a single season school record 25 touchdowns.


Freshman wide receiver Chris Black ready to play

Saban said Alabama freshman receiver Chris Black wants to play on Saturday against Georgia, despite the fact that he will burn his redshirt in the process. Black's family is in full support of the decision.

"Chris Black made good progress today. We're trying to get Chris ready to play and he has responded well." Saban said. "This decision was made by Chris and his family, not just by me. Chris wants to play, and can help the team by playing."

Black, a highly-rated prospect out of high school, has spent a majority of the season recovering from a shoulder injury that he sustained in August.