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Saban likes team's progress


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --┬áThe University of Alabama football team held a two-hour practice session Tuesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields, marking its 14th training session of the 2011 camp. 


"Yesterday we probably had the best two practices we have had in a day," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "I like the way the players responded to making the corrections and improvements we needed to make after the scrimmage." 


The Crimson Tide will have two practices today and one each Thursday and Friday before holding their second scrimmage of the season Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 


"I am pleased with the progress we are making," Saban said. "Things are really starting to take shape." 


Earlier in the day, it was announced junior running back Trent Richardson will appear on the cover of "Sports Illustrated." The issue is slated to hit newsstands Thursday. This is the 11th time in Saban''s tenure that Alabama has been featured on an "SI" cover. 


"It is an honor and a great thing for the program to be on the cover of ''Sports Illustrated''," Richardson said. "This is a testament to all the hard work this team has put in leading up to the start of this season. This team has put this program in a position to be successful, and I am just a small part of that." 


n In related news, the Alabama-Georgia Southern game will kick off at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 and will be televised on a Pay-Per-View basis. 


The University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide Sports Network will televise the game live in high definition. Chris Stewart and Tyler Watts will call the action. 


Alabama residents interested in ordering the Georgia Southern game should contact their local cable provider, AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV, or Dish Network. Most of those outside the state can order the game as part of the ESPN Game Plan package.



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