October 13, 2007

Preparation key for Cardwell

Evan Cardwell isn't in Alabama's starting lineup Saturday because of size, experience, or raw talent. The Crimson Tide center is smaller and less experienced than not only his four fellow starters on the offensive line, but a couple of the second-teamers as well.

Alabama at Ole Miss
When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
Records: Alabama (4-2, 2-1 SEC); Ole Miss(2-4, 0-3 SEC)
The line: Alabama by 6.5
Television: Lincoln-Financial Sports.

And it certainly has nothing to do with recruiting hype, of which little to none surrounded Cardwell's senior season at Killen Brooks High. But Cardwell and new coach Nick Saban use a lot of the same words when talking football.

Preparation, attitude, work ethic.

And when a player's mind thinks a lot like the head coach's, playing time is usually just a matter of time.

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