TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We know there is always a lot of news flying out around Alabama football, so we figured it’d be a good idea to provide you with a spot to catch up on things you may have missed.
No. 1 Alabama hosts Colorado State on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Here are stories, videos and other news and notes you may have missed throughout the week.
That’s my quarterback
If you come for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, be prepared for Nick Saban to respond.
Hurts hasn’t put up big passing numbers, but he also hasn’t turned over the ball and is an efficient passer. Whether it’s fans or the media, Hurts has been one of the more scrutinized players in college football during his short career in Tuscaloosa despite being 15-1 as a starter (Hurts didn’t start Alabama’s opener last season or his record would be 16-1).
Asked if the weekly analysis of Hurts’ passing numbers is overblown, Saban took a shot at the media for their role in the criticism of Hurts.
“Well, I think a lot of things you [reporters] do are overblown, but I realize why you do it. It’s your job to create news. It’s our job to try to help our guys play winning football. I think different players play winning football different ways. If you want to be critical of a guy for rushing for 154 yards and think he should not do that so he can pass more, then that’s up to you. You can do that if you want.”
It felt like a mundane question considering how Alabama handled its quarterbacks against Fresno State.
Last Saturday, Saban said the plan was always to give backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa some snaps with the first-team offense. Tagovailoa briefly replaced Hurts in the first half against Fresno State.
Asked how he plans to handle playing both quarterbacks Saturday, Saban didn’t want to reveal his strategy.
“We haven’t decided how we’re going to play the guys and I wouldn’t tell you if I did. I don’t mind you asking the question but I don’t need to answer it. But I will call Colorado State and tell them exactly what I want to do as soon as we get out of here. I know Mike Bobo, his dad lives up by my house in Lake Burton. So I’ll call them up and tell them who we’re playing, when, how long, when we’re putting them in, we’ll tell them the whole thing. Is that all right, is that alright with you?”
Nick Saban: "I don't mind you asking the question, but I don't need to answer it." 😂 pic.twitter.com/NWVcUNjxeA
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) September 13, 2017
Saban likes this team
Team chemistry is something that must be built over the course of the season, but Saban likes where the 2017 team is heading in that department.
“I think we have a lot of players on our team that I truly, truly think have very good attitudes. They’re working hard, trying to get it right, trying to do better. I sort of like this team, but I also think that some of the circumstances that the season has created so far has created some opportunities for some guys. But it’s also created some circumstances that don’t allow us to do exactly what we want to do until we get some players back. We’re going to continue to work to improve the players and create roles for the guys that we have. But at the same time, we’ve got to not ask players to do things they’re not ready to do.”
The big news was running back Josh Jacobs (hamstring) being able to practice all week. Jacobs showed no signs of being limited during the media viewing periods of practice. He was able to cut and looked explosive when running. We’re not sure he’ll play, but seeing Jacobs in practice was a positive sign.
Saban said right guard Lester Cotton practiced this week, and the team expects him to play. Linebackers Rashaan Evans (groin) and Anfernee Jennings (ankle) were at practice, but both worked in black, non-contact jerseys.
Nick Saban speaks
Nick Saban’s Monday news conference
Nick Saban’s Wednesday news conference
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts
Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne
News and analysis
- JK Scott’s conservative but aggressive approach has made him the best punter in school history
- Jalen Hurts: ‘The most important stat to me is getting the W’
- Nick Saban wants to see Alabama’s offensive line finish what it starts
- Alabama’s roster mixes big-name talents with drive, developed players like Anthony Averett
- Tracking Alabama’s freshman: Numerous newcomers already contributing
- New transfer proposal could make competitive balance worse
Each week, SEC Country writers covering Alabama predict the outcome of the Crimson Tide’s next contest.
“A night game in Bryant-Denny Stadium should be a good time. Other than that, don’t expect much competition in this one. Look for Alabama to get young players in by the second half. This is the last opportunity Alabama will have to play young guys as SEC play cranks up next week with a trip to Vanderbilt.” — Marq Burnett
More predictions here.
Our podcast host Ryan Fowler does a great job of bringing on guests with knowledge of Alabama and college football.
- Nick Saban offers praise, but wants more (Monday)
- CFB expert explains what Alabama needs to improve the most (Tuesday)
- Nick Saban grabbed our attention with one comment (Wednesday)
- Nick Saban does not like to share (Thursday)