TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke to reporters Monday to open Kent State week.
Highlights from Saban’ time at the podium:
- I’m very proud of the way the players competed and fought to get back in the game.
- The devil is in the details. We could have really lost the game. There were too many mental errors. We did a poor job of finishing the game. All these things catch up with you if you don’t fix them. It can lead to problems. You don’t ever want to beat yourself.
- We’re not practicing today. Our team needs some recovery time and some rest.
- ArDarius Stewart (knee) would be the biggest question mark for this game. Eddie Jackson (shin), Jalen Hurts (wrist) and Minkah Fitzpatrick should be fine.
- If ArDarius Stewart can’t go, Cam Sims has been playing well for us. It would be an opportunity for some other guys. Trevon Diggs is a good young player we’ve been playing both ways. We’ll focus more on offense with him this week.
- On the onside kick, we didn’t block the right guys. Those are the types of things that can get you beat.
- All of the young running backs have been playing well. They’re working hard and developing. I wasn’t happy that Bo Scarbrough fumbled in our 4-minute offense.
- A lot of the stuff we did in the first half (jet sweeps, bubble screens) were to set up things we did in the second half. We thought we could have success running those plays. But we didn’t always have the best execution and attention to detail. We wanted to wear them down, and get them tired which we did.
- We’re still not satisfied with the interior of the offensive line. Bradley Bozeman played well in a tough situation. We’re going to continue to have competition at the guard positions going forward. I think the offensive line played better.
- The read-option has brought a lot to our offense. We need to continue to develop the passing game so we can take advantage of the running ability and the throwing aspect of our offense.
- I’m not complaining about the officiating or reviews. I’m in favor of them getting it right. I appreciate what they are doing to try to get it right.
- Our young defensive backs got some experience which is going to be important going forward. We didn’t have Reuben Foster or Eddie Jackson in at the end. That’s the signal caller in the middle of the defense and the signal caller in the secondary. We were afraid to make some of our calls on defense because we didn’t know if we could execute them. We were playing sort of handcuffed.
- Non-offensive touchdowns have been very beneficial for us. It’s something that we work on. It starts with creating the turnovers. If we can finish them, great.
- I’m not going to make any announcements about who is going to be the starting quarterback. I’ll leave that up to you guys.