Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nick Saban updates status of injured cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick

"Minkah's not able to practice and is day-to-day. Probably won't get enough reps this week to play in this game," Saban said. "We're hopeful that we'll be able to get him back after this week. But when you're day-to-day, you've got to see how he responds, and that's not something we can predict right now."

Sophomore Tony Brown stepped in as Alabama's nickel back after Fitzpatrick got hurt vs. Mississippi State.
Brown and junior Maurice Smith have been competing for the backup nickel back job.

Both played vs. Mississippi State.

"I think both guys did a good job when they went in there," Saban said Monday. "[Brown] and Maurice Smith have kind of gone back and forth as who the next guy is that plays. Mo got in the game. We have a lot of confidence in him, but Tony had a better week in practice. ... We'll see how they compete this week and decide which one will play in the game."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Watch Nick Saban talk about his team's 31-6 victory over Mississippi St.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Could Bo Scarbrough play more this weekend against Mississippi State?

Coach Saban said the Tide needed to have someone other than Henry run the ball after his heavy workload and acknowledged the freshman as an option.

"Bo Scarbrough is starting to figure out what he's supposed to do, how he's supposed to do it and why it's important to do it that way," Saban said.

"We're trying to develop more and more players to be able to get in there and play some," Saban said. "I don't think it was our plan to have (Derrick) carry the ball 38 times in that game or any other game. But when he's going well and he's running well, it's kind of hard to take him out, especially in critical times of the game.

"Kenyan got his bell rung a little bit at the end of the game and he was having a good game as well. So we'd rather just not put an inexperienced guy in a situation like that."

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The story behind play Nick Saban called turning point of Alabama win over LSU

Dillon Lees' interception- the first thrown by LSU all year ― changed everything on the first play of the second half.

"I recognized the play from the first half, they ran that same play," Lee said. "I told myself, if they run that play again, I'm going to get under that comeback route that they were running. When I recognized that, I turned and ran underneath it."

"Well, better than getting a stop is getting the turnover," Saban said. "I think that was a heck of a play by Dillon Lee. It was huge in the game ― maybe the turning point in the game."

Alabama moves into top 5 of coaches poll

The Crimson Tide moved up three spots to No. 4 in the Amway coaches poll after the 30-16 win over the Tigers. LSU, then ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll, slipped to No. 9 in the country.

Ohio State is still the No. 1 team in the country, followed by Clemson, Baylor, Alabama and Oklahoma State.

Derrick Henry reacts to LSU win, questions about his Heisman chances

"I'm not really worried about the Heisman," Henry said. "We came out and we played and we competed and we beat a great team as a whole."

"We were motivated as whole just to win the game because they're a tough team," Henry said. "They do a good job of what they do with their defense and their offense."

Monday, October 26, 2015

What Alabama players said about LSU as showdown countdown begins

"I don't want to talk about LSU right now," said Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson, as a smile formed. "I have a bye week coming up. I'm going home to see my granny and my family."

"Coach doesn't want us to think about it at all this week," said Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones. "Just when the time comes we start preparing for them as a team that's when we start focusing on them. Of course it's hard not to think about what's ahead but we try not to let that affect you."

"We're not focused on LSU," linebacker Reuben Foster said. "Right now, we're just hoping on the bye week to heal and focus on everybody else and their injuries. Then, when the time comes, that's when we focus on them."

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nick Saban updates status of Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough

Saban has said he is looking for more production from the running backs behind star Derrick Henry.

"Bo's getting better and better every week," Saban said. "I see the speed coming back, the burst coming back. The biggest thing is we've got to get him up to speed on knowing what to do and getting him enough reps in practice to get him ready to be able to play in a game, although I do think he's ready to play in a game now. I do think he can make a contribution, and that's coming sometime soon."

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Nick Saban provides injury updates on Ryan Kelly, Kenyan Drake

Two Alabama key offensive players were injured during the first half of the Tide's win over Texas A&M on Saturday.

Running back Kenyan Drake, who played sparingly after taking a helmet to his right quadriceps at the end of a run, suffered a thigh bruise.

Ryan Kelly left late in the first half and was held out the rest of the game after he began to feel woozy, according to Saban.

Kelly will be fine, Saban said.

Jake Coker: Alabama responds at Texas A&M after 'backed into the corner'

"It's kind of like being backed into the corner," Coker said. "You have to win to stay alive."

And  His thoughts on DerrickeHenry?

"I've got it where I don't get real surprised anymore," Coker said. "You see him do things like that all the time. Heck, he did what Derrick Does today."