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Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll gives each player on offense a nickname.

Alabama football: Brian Daboll gives each player on offense a nickname

Matt Speakman

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Building relationships

It’s been seven games, and Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll already seems comfortable. Since he was hired in February, Daboll has made it a point to develop a relationship with his players. So far, it’s working out. One of the ways he is doing that is by giving each player their own nickname. While most of them are just shortened versions of their last names, the gesture has gone a long way with the players.

We’re not numbers to him; we’re actual players and we’re people,” tight end Hale Hentges said. “That just shows why we love him so much. He knows all of us genuinely and he wants the best for us.”

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Opening up

Since taking over, Daboll has expanded Alabama’s offense. The Crimson Tide have used different formations and schemes since he took over for Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin. One big part of that has been the intermediate passing game. That is new territory for Alabama. Last season, the Crimson Tide mostly threw to the edges of the field. Now, quarterback Jalen Hurts has been working the middle of the field more and more each game.

Around the Capstone

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