Nick Saban will meet with local reporters for the last time on Wednesday night before starting the game in Tuscaloosa next Monday.
He spoke for a little over 13 minutes. Here are some highlights:
-Saban called it “Hump Week” after completing what he thought of a training camp after the melee last Saturday.
-The focus needs to be improved, starting from Saturday. “I think we must have better focus and intensity in practice. I don̵
Saban said that they need to prepare for the scout team and training speed/physique.
Early preparations for the September 26 opener with Missouri begin on Tuesday. Saban said: “Tomorrow we will continue to do this.” “I think this is something that players have to see. We are about to launch a game, and we are not practicing. They have to change their way of thinking to change their sense of urgency. , Immediacy, smart, do things in meetings and be able to bring them to the scene, and think correctly so that you are ready to compete and play a role. Game.”
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-On the topic of COVID-19, Saban stated that they are now testing players every day instead of 3 times a week. Saban said: “We just think this can reassure the players.” For the players, this is the best thing. This is the best for the program. We have the ability and resources to do this, so we are happy to do it. “
-Saban said the sophomore security campaign for Jordan performed well on Saturday. At Bryant Denny Stadium, his defensive ability and resilience are as much as everyone else. Saban also liked his physical style and confidence in the plan.
-When asked about the buy-in level on the roster, Saban’s stomach was a little angry. He said that older players will get it, and younger players will still feel it. “These guys are beginning to realize,’How to evaluate the next level?” They think this is how they play in the game. But people here have been watching the exercises. We let people watch practice tapes during their absence. People are evaluating things, not just their performance, how teammates respond to their outstanding performance, how they respond. “
Saban also said that they recently had a spokesperson from the NFL who told the freshmen that they were already monitoring their Twitter accounts. Saban said: “When you post information, they will make certain judgments about what you post and what you do.”
Saban said that in the new sports science center, this effect is likely to be felt longer. Saban said: “But I still think that because we have good facilities, our players can benefit from a rehabilitation perspective, from a physical rehabilitation perspective.” “But I think every player is different, and the injuries are different. Everyone The rehabilitation ability is also different. I think our medical staff and our strong and adaptable people are working hard to get these players to do what they need to do so that they can maintain, perform, and stay harmless. I think this will be a long-term positive factor for us.”
-Saban said he was happy with the top ten players announced on Wednesday that they will compete this fall.
Offensive rebounder Emil Ekiyor (Emil Ekiyor) improved a lot this fall, lost weight, and is in good physical condition. “He is a very smart player,” Saban said. He can serve in multiple positions, center and guard. We see him as a starter, he can hold multiple positions for us, and he will definitely get a lot of game time. “
-On the offensive line, Saban said that he saw seven people who could play. Just find the right five.
A slight knee injury to defensive rebounder Christian Barmore may prevent him from playing Missouri.
-Quarterback Mac Jones performed poorly on Thursday, and Saban assessed the position of the fourth-grade teenager. He said: “When Mac stays on himself and is worried about doing what he should do, what he is going to do, and what he coaches, he is very, very efficient.” “When he continues to focus on drama, he will not Frustrated with what happened in the previous drama, he is very, very efficient. He has shown his ability to do better this year. I think this is mature and understand what he has to do to win football in his position Logo.”
Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @ByCasagrande Or on Facebook.