TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In the middle of a hectic week that will culminate with the University of Alabama football team’s second scrimmage of spring, Nick Saban spent a few minutes talking to reporters on Wednesday evening.
Here were the highlights:
• So far this week there’s been good things and things we’d like to do better. It comes down to consistency and performance. A lot of guys up and down in terms of intensity. A lot of teams out there want to beat Alabama. Need to focus on improving every day.
• Scrimmage led to some more players with injuries, others getting opportunities. But we’re looking for the same things including toughness and playing well without the coaches looking over them.
• Proud and pleased with how everyone handled going to the White House. I think the players enjoyed it and I was pleased with the way they represented themselves and the university.
• We try and have the best coaching clinic, it’s a way to say thanks to high school coaches. I don’t necessarily agree with the rule that you can’t have other high school coaches speak at the clinic, but it is what it is. We have a good lineup.
• Saban asked about offensive line, said he read in paper the pass-rush took advantage of the offensive line. Said he thought it did a pretty good job. Also threw in that if he ever finds out someone is leaking stuff to reporters it’ll be his job.
• Raekwon Davis question – when he’s really motivated and has the mental intensity that we like him to have he’s really good. But that’s the challenge with him, being more consistent.
• We have a lot of inexperienced guys in the defensive backs. Have a long way to good, but I’m not disappointed in them. CB Trevon Diggs has returned and that helps.
• ILBs Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses have a lot of ability, but need to be more consistent (there’s a theme to this press conference). We have to strive for that with those guys too.
• Saban asked about the clinic, he doesn’t know Doug Pedersen very well, but he does with just about everyone else. Eagles looked pretty unstoppable on offense “at least when I got to see them play.”
• Saban asked again about the offensive line, both Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills Jr. are both good players, want to have as much knowledge and diversity as possible this spring. “I’m pretty encouraged by the offensive line … It’s going to be one of the strengths of the team.”
• Wide receiver Tyrell Shavers hurt his toe, a big-toe ligament that showed up after the scrimmage. Had surgery and is out for the rest of the spring. Jerry Jeudy (knee) is out for the rest of spring as well.