TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama is now through seven days and eight practices of its fall camp work.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban spoke with reporters following Wednesday’s session to break everything down.
- I see our players making a little bit of progress and improvement today.
- We had to go inside because of the rain which made the conditions easier for them. It made it easier to focus.
- I’m trying to get the players to understand that great competitors can focus no matter what. Don’t let the elements, crowd or whatever affect you.
- It takes passion and perseverance to be able to challenge yourself to fight through all adversity.
- We have turned the Maurice Smith transfer situation over to the SEC. It is out of our hands.
- Fall camp is about figuring which guys we need to take time to develop because they’ll help us this year.
- We’re very sorry to hear about the passing of John Saunders. He was a gentleman and a great journalist.
- Joshua Jacobs has a thigh contusion. He is day-to-day, but should be fine long term.
- Kendall Sheffield is a work-in-progress at cornerback right now. We as coaches have to do a better job of getting him ready to play.
- Brandon Greene is working at tight end only. He’s lost some weight. He can be a good blocker at that position. I feel a lot better about the tight end position.
- Calvin Ridley is a mature competitor. He’s a hard guy to cover. He’s gotten bigger and stronger. He has big play potential. I have not seen attitude that suggest he isn’t working hard to get better.
- It’s going to be important for young players in the secondary to develop and provide some depth. We have to get them ready for what we do, and for what the other teams throw at us.
- Minkah Fitzpatrick is having to play both cornerback and star. I’d like for a guy not to have to do that, but we may not have the luxury to do that. He’s very versatile, he’s smart and works hard. If there’s anybody who can do both, he’s the guy who can do it.