TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban said it was to get back to practice during his first press conference after the Crimson Tide opened fall camp with a two-hour practice Thursday afternoon.
Here’s a rundown of what he said:
• Good first day. Good energy. Everyone needs to self-assess on what they need to improve.
• Team needs to establish it’s identity. Mentions that he the preseason poll means nothing. We’re not doing any comparisons or commenting on rankings. “This means very, very little.”
• Saban on Da’Shawn Hand’s DUI, started by saying they have a lot of respect of the police. Saban said Hand didn’t handle the situation right, and shouldn’t have been drinking. But he wasn’t driving, which he believes is important because they tell players not to drive in that situation. He’ll do 48-hour in-patient assessment, community service and a ride-around with police. If does all that won’t be suspended. “He’s going to get a lot of punishment.”
• There’s no goal on where Minak Fitzpatrick will play between cornerback and safety. Like with the offensive line they want to get the best players on the field together.
• Camp will be critical for the development of the defensive line.
• Saban was asked about the offensive line. Says it’s way early to tell about who might be the players with the best
• On quarterback Jalen Hurts, Saban said the goal was to be more efficient. Made a lot of strides in the spring. Showed a lot poise today, he’s improved a lot.
• If you’re going to improve, you have to be able to self-assess. You’re going to have to take criticism. It’s part of the teaching process.
Alabama will return to practice Friday afternoon.