TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama opened fall camp on Thursday afternoon, and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban met with reporters to break everything down.
Here are the highlights:
- “It’s really great to be back here. We’re really excited about getting started with this team.” — Saban
- We have a lot of challenges, but if you’re a competitor, you get excited for those challenges. — Saban
- Saban said the weather was a challenge, but the players battled through it.
- “What we’ve done in the past is obviously not going to help us.” — Saban
- The first two days are in helmets then the next two days are in shoulder pads and helmets.
- Ronnie Clark, Nigel Knott, Richie Petitbon and Shawn Jennings are here, but are rehabbing injuries, Saban said.
- Saban said nothing has changed with the Maurice Smith situation. Said the team will continue to support him in transfering to teams outside of the SEC.
- Saban said Alphonse Taylor has gone through a “pretty intense program,” and is practicing. Saban said he hasn’t decided what his status will be for the first game.
- Saban said quarterback David Cornwell has been fighting a little bit of a foot injury.
- With young players transferring, Saban said sometimes young players and the people around them have unrealistic expectations. Said he tells the players to focus more on developing as players, and not worrying about the outcome or how much they play. Said there are a lot of external factors.
- Saban said Daylon Charlot made good progress here, and wishes he would have had more patience to stick it out. Said he wishes him well, and thinks he’ll have success.
- Saban said running back Bo Scarbrough was dealing with cramps. Said he was fine once he got loose.
- Saban said Alabama is waiting for the NCAA to rule on Tony Brown’s situation. He added that the team is preparing as if he will be suspended for multiple games.
- As he was walking out, Saban told the media to “get your ass in gear” and be happy that there’s another season.
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