Nick Saban met with local reporters on Wednesday night for the last time before the start of the week of the game next Monday in Tuscaloosa.
He speaks for a little over 13 minutes. Here are some of the highlights:
– Saban called this “hump week” for the team after finishing what he thought was a camp after the fight last Saturday.
“They have to work on training the scout team and how fast / physically they practice,” Saban said.
– Early preparations for the opening on September 26 with Missouri began on Tuesday. “We will continue to do this tomorrow,” Saban said. “I think this is something that players need to bring to their attention that we have a game ahead of us and we are not just training to train. They need to change their way of thinking and thus change their sense of urgency, immediacy, intelligence, taking things out on a date and being able to take it out on the field and clear your mind so that you are ready to compete and play a game. . “
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– On the topic of COVID-19, Saban said that now they test players every day, instead of three times a week. “We just thought it gave the players peace of mind,” Saban said. “It’s the best thing for the players. This is the best thing about the program. We have the capabilities and resources to do so, so we are happy to do so. “
– Saban said that the second year of safety in Jordan The battle had a very good competition on Saturday. He had as many productions as anyone in the defense of Bryant-Denny Stadium with a strong mess, a restored mess. Saban also liked his physical style and confidence in the scheme.
‘Saban got a little fire in his stomach when asked about the buy-in level on the list. He said older players get it, while younger players still feel it. “These guys are starting to realize, ‘How do you rate yourself for the next level?’ “They think it’s just how they play the game. But here we have people who watch training all the time. We have people watching a training tape for the days when they are not here. Things are evaluated, not just their performance, how their teammates react to their good game, how they react to it. “
– Saban also said that they recently had an NFL spokesman who told freshmen that they are already tracking their Twitter accounts. “When you publish, they make some judgment about what you publish and what you do,” Saban said.
– For the new sports science center, Saban said the impact is likely to be felt in the longer term. “But I still think that our players can benefit from the point of view of recovery, from the point of view of physical rehabilitation, because of the great facilities we have,” said Saban. “But I think every player is different and every injury is different and everyone’s ability to recover is a little different. I think our medical staff and our strength and conditioning people are doing great, trying to get these players to do what they have to do individually to be able to endure, to be able to perform, to be uninjured, and I think that everything will be positive for us in the long run. “
– Saban said that he is happy for the players of the Big Ten after the announcement on Wednesday that they will play this fall.
– Offensive commander Emil Ekior has improved a lot this fall, lost weight and is in very good shape. “He’s very smart as a player,” Saban said. “He can play in many positions, center and defend. We look at him as a starter and he can start several positions for us and will certainly get a lot of time to play. “
“With the offensive line, Saban said he sees seven that can begin.” The only question is to find the right five.
“A minor knee injury to Christian Barmore’s defense commander could protect him from the Missouri opener.”
– Quarterback Mc Jones had a strong fight on Saturday and Saban assessed where the fourth year of teenagers is. “When a Mac stays in and is concerned with doing what he has to do, and doing and doing the things he’s trained, he’s very, very effective,” he said. “When he stays focused on the play, he’s not upset by what happened before, he’s very, very effective. He showed the ability to do that much better this year. I think this is a sign of maturity and understanding of what you need to do to play winning football in your position. “
Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or onwards Facebook.