Friday, August 22, 2014

Nick Saban explains how top recruits Tony Brown, Marlon Humphrey will contribute

Brown, who enrolled in January, has been impressing since spring practice. Saban said he'll play early on special teams as well as rotating at cornerback. "But he's still a guy who needs to progress, not get frustrated by what he doesn't know, and be able to focus on — you know — knowledge and confidence," said Saban who works with cornerbacks specifically in practice.

"I think every freshman sort of learns that they have a lot to learn about how to play," Saban said. "You know in some cases they have to learn how to play with the other people that they play with, to communicate, make adjustments, depend on other people, you know, help them, so they can do the right things. You play a team defense in which everybody's got to do their job."

"It's hard to be confident if you don't have knowledge, an understanding of what you're supposed to do and how you're supposed to do it," Saban said. "It always scares me when a guy doesn't know what to do but he's really confident. I'm saying that's like not very smart, I don't think. But it takes a while for these guys to get it. Then they start playing fast. But Tony Brown is going to be a really good player and so is Marlon."

Monday, August 18, 2014

How Nick Saban evaluated several Alabama positions after both scrimmages

"I really thought we had some tempo, especially early on offense," Saban said. "... I thought all three of our backs did very well. Receivers made plays."

"Offensively, we never really got a lot of rhythm," Saban said. "Couple drives we got some rhythm, whether it was a dropped ball, a misfired pass, a penalty — a lot of shooting ourselves in the foot type of stuff. Definitely stuff that we can get cleaned up, definitely stuff that we can fix. We did make some explosive plays today.

"Defensively, we have a long way to go," Saban said after Round 1. "I think we missed a lot of tackles. We had  a lot of young players that are getting a lot of opportunities because of the players that we have out."

"Defensively, there was much better tackling, better hitting, not as many missed tackles," Saban said Saturday. "(The second-team) defense makes too many mental errors, but we never had a lot of that with the first group and they played pretty well except for down on the goal line today."

"I don't think we were physical enough on the line of scrimmage today," Saban said. "I think that's something that we've got to work on."

Quarterbacks

"I do think Blake probably is playing a little faster right now, been in the system longer, has a better understanding, has a little bit more rhythm," Saban said. "I think sometimes Jake is still trying to feel his way. He made some real significant strides in practice this week and had some really good practices."

Saban was very positive about the growth of kicker Adam Griffith after both scrimmages. He went 4-for-5 in the first one with his only miss coming in poor weather conditions.
"So I was encouraged by the specialists and the progress that we made on special teams," Saban said Saturday.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Nick Saban offers early evaluation of Jacob Coker,

"He's a very athletic guy, he's got the right character, attitude, work ethic," Saban said. "He's really fit in well with the other players in terms of the kind of personality he has and how they can relate to him. All those things have been extremely positive."

"I see a guy who certainly has raw talent, but I also have seen a little bit of apprehension," Saban said. "He's a very conscientious guy, he wants to do things right in terms of knowledge and understanding systematically the offense, making the right decisions, getting the ball to the right place. We're encouraged by what he's done. We're not disappointed at all.
"He's been a real positive addition to our program. He's been very, very competitive relative to the other quarterbacks. We want to continue to honor that development."

Saban went on to say his second practice was a big improvement over Day 1 on Friday.
"Looked a lot more confident, played a lot faster, was more accurate with the ball," Saban said. "So all the things that are real important to that position you started to see fall into place. I know there's a lot of competition at this position."

Friday, August 1, 2014

Video-See which Alabama quarterbacks look sharp throwing variety of passes in first practice

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4-star Florida safety Ronnie Harrison commits to Alabama

The Crimson Tide added the 20th commitment of its 2015 class when Tallahassee, Fla., safetyRonnie Harrison gave his verbal commitment on Tuesday afternoon.In the 247Sports composite, Harrison is rated as the No. 205 prospect and the No. 9 overall safety in the country.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nick Saban, Alabama players talk Lane Kiffin after seven months with the Tide

"I was a head coach for one year at Toledo (1990) and then went to the Cleveland Browns as a defensive coordinator (under Bill Belichick)," Saban said. "As soon as you get used to being the boss, and then you're not the boss any more, it's a transition, I don't care who it's for. All of a sudden you can't say when everybody gets to go home. It's just different. But he's done a really good job for us, the players respond to him well, he's a good teacher, he's smart, he's a good coach. So far, so good."

"Well, I think anytime anybody has knowledge and experience, it certainly contributes a lot of value in your organization," Saban said. "I think it kind of goes both ways. I think you learn a little from them, I think they learn a little from you. I think you can make subtle changes in what you do to make it more effective because of the input you get from your staff.

"The more experience that your staff has, obviously I think the better they understand the big picture and have the kind of foresight that you need to have that you know when you make changes, what the cause and effect of those changes are going to be. Lane certainly has been helpful in a lot of those areas."

Receiver Christion Jones said he's relating with the young players.
"Yeah. Very well," Jones said. "He was a head coach at Tennessee and an OC. Coming from USC, winning championships, he understands what type of standard we set here at Alabama, and it's sort of the same type of standard he's used to."

 Amari Cooper likes the  structure of the playbook and philosophy.
"I think Coach Kiffin takes advantage of match-ups," he said. "I think he has a good sense of what it's like to be an offensive coordinator. He's a very calm person and brings that calmness to the team when things get serious and when you are battling for a national championship every year."

Friday, July 18, 2014

4-star Wetumpka offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy commits to Alabama

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Alabama has conference-best 8 players on preseason all-SEC 1st team

2014 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis)
OFFENSE
First-Team
QB       Nick Marshall, Auburn (241)          
RB        T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281)        
RB        Todd Gurley, Georgia (280)         
WR      Amari Cooper, Alabama (282)       
WR      Sammie Coates, Auburn (207)                    
TE        O.J. Howard, Alabama (188)                 
OL        La'el Collins, LSU (231)              
OL        Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188)      
OL        Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183)       
OL        Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174)      
C          Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)           
Second-Team
QB       Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118)      
RB        Mike Davis, South Carolina (240)        
RB        Alex Collins, Arkansas (126)     
WR      Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (182)        
WR      Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (71)       
TE        C.J. Uzomah, Auburn (141)       
OL        A.J. Cann, South Carolina (166)       
OL        Vadal Alexander, LSU (112)     
OL        Alex Kozan, Auburn (112)     
OL        Corey Robinson, South Carolina (107)     
C          Ryan Kelly, Alabama (126)                  
Third-Team
QB       Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (94)                  
RB        Corey Grant, Auburn (52)       
RB        Keith Marshall, Georgia (44)    
WR      Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (67)         
WR      Marquez North, Tennessee (66)     
TE        Hunter Henry, Arkansas (72)          
OL        Austin Shepherd, Alabama (106)
OL        Chad Slade, Auburn (101)
OL        John Theus, Georgia (96)
OL        Chaz Green, Florida (94)    
C          Evan Boehm, Missouri (77)        
DEFENSE
First-Team
DL        Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (239)         
DL        Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida (212)      
DL        A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama (208)      
DL        Gabe Wright, Auburn (192)    
LB        Trey DePriest, Alabama (253)       
LB        A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (186)         
LB        Ramik Wilson, Georgia (147)        
DB       Landon Collins, Alabama (274)      
DB       Vernon Hargreaves, III, Florida (243)       
DB       Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss (210)      
DB       Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M (183)
Second-Team
DL        Trey Flowers, Arkansas (181)              
DL        Chris Jones, Mississippi State (150)      
DL        Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Kentucky (134)    
DL        Markus Golden, Missouri (125)   
LB        Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State (143)     
LB        Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (137)       
LB        Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (116)       
DB       Robenson Therezie, Auburn (144)      
DB       Tre'Davious White, LSU (141)       
DB       Damian Swann, Georgia (127)      
DB       Tony Conner, Ole Miss (116)       
Third-Team
DL        Ray Drew, Georgia (102)                
DL        Montravius Adams, Auburn (94)      
DL        Carl Lawson, Auburn (87)      
DL        Jermauria Rasco, LSU (79)         
LB        Kwon Alexander, LSU (112)         
LB        Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (82)      
LB        Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss (76)      
DB       Jon Mincy, Auburn (99)    
DB       Corey Thompson, LSU (86)        
DB       Rashard Robinson, LSU (84)   
DB       Brison Williams, South Carolina (81)      
SPECIALISTS
First-Team
P          Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (221)      
PK        Marshall Morgan, Georgia (224)               
RS        Christion Jones, Alabama (262)                
AP        Christion Jones, Alabama (130)              
Second-Team
P          Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas (136)        
PK        Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (142)                    
RS        Andre Debose, Florida (97)        
AP        Terrence Magee, LSU (111)       
Third-Team
P          Jamie Keehn, LSU (81)         
PK        Andrew Baggett, Missouri (103)                  
RS        Marcus Murphy, Missouri (72)        
AP        Trey Williams, Texas A&M (89) 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Alabama unveils jersey numbers for its 2014 freshman class

1 - DB Ronnie Clark (6-3, 215)
1 - RB Bo Scarbrough (6-2, 235)
2 - DB Tony Brown (6-0, 198)
6 - DB Laurence "Hootie" Jones (6-2, 221)
7 - WR Cam Sims (6-4, 208)
9 - DL Da'Shawn Hand (6-4, 273)
11 - LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (6-0, 233)
12 - QB David Cornwell (6-5, 234)
14 - QB Jake Coker (6-5, 230)
15 - P JK Scott (6-4, 185)
16 - LB James Mosley (6-5, 210)
29 - DB Marlon Humphrey (6-1, 186)
32 - LB Rashaan Evans (6-3, 225)
34 - LB Christian Miller (6-4, 215)
36 - DL Johnny Dwight (6-3, 300)
38 - LB Gussie Busch (6-0, 210)
42 - LB Keith Holcombe (6-3, 215)
49 - TE Kieran Williams (6-4, 243)
57 - LB D.J. Pettway (6-3, 265)
61 - OL Austin Peavler (6-3, 317)
63 - C J.C. Hassenauer (6-3, 290)
65 - OL Montel McBride (6-4, 330)
67 - OL Josh Casher (6-1, 295)
69 - DL Josh Frazier (6-3, 335)
71 - OL Ross Pierschbacher (6-4, 295)
74 - OL Cam Robinson (6-6, 323)
76 - OL Dominick Jackson (6-7, 320)
81 - WR Derek Kief (6-5, 200)
83 - TE Ty Flournoy-Smith (6-3, 245)
90 - DL Jarran Reed (6-4, 315)
91 - DL O.J. Smith (6-2, 330)

4-star defensive tackle Benito Jones commits to Alabama

A four-star prospect from Waynesboro, Miss. has become the first player to commit to Alabama's 2016 recruiting class.