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October 4, 2013

ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Tide aiming for improvement against Georgia State

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TUSCALOOSA —



% The Atmosphere: Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri says there's no reason fans should skip this one, or give anything less than full-throated support. "We have 12 games a year, and every game that's a home game everyone should come out and bring a lot of enthusiasm and excitement because we're going to try and do that on the field every single game," Sunseri said.



% The Backups: Plenty of talented 'Bama backups could get some playing time if the game indeed proves lopsided. They range from backup quarterback Blake Sims to receiver Chris Black and freshman tailbacks Altee Tenpenny and Derrick Henry, along with some young defenders.



% Georgia State’s Progress: The Panthers lost to Alabama 63-7 to close their first season in 2010. Now, the Sun Belt program is in its initial season in FBS. "I know that there's been a lot of progress made in this program since the last time we played them in terms of the quality of players they have, how well they're executing," Saban said. "I know it's not sort of equated itself in wins yet this year, but they do some really good things as a team."



% Chad at Center: Alabama's Chad Lindsay will make his first start at center with a knee injury to Ryan Kelly, who's not expected to miss more than two or three games. Lindsay played most of the game against Mississippi.



% Albert Wilson: Georgia State receiver Albert Wilson is a seasoned big-play threat and someone Alabama will have to be wary of. Wilson's career average of 19.6 yards on his 126 catches is tops among active FBS players. He has 22 receptions for 457 yards and four touchdowns.

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