TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban held his final news conference of Western Kentucky week on Wednesday.
- We had a little bit better practice today. The energy was better. We were a little sluggish earlier in the week.
- Our players need to understand that how you play in games like this, if things don’t go well, that’s basically what you get remembered by. “They’ll be asking you 20 years from now, ‘how’d you guys lose that game?'”
- We’re excited to have a home opener in our stadium. Our players love playing in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
- This is another one of those fast-ball teams. We need a lot of noise. Hopefully our fans will respond to that.
- No new injuries. Cam Sims (shoulder) practiced, but is questionable for the game.
- Saban took a few minutes to talk about suicide prevention with young people. It’s a topic he is really passionate about. He wants to raise awareness to help young people struggling with any type of issues.
- Freshman defensive lineman Raekwon Davis has been cleared by the NCAA.
- Alphonse Taylor’s one-game suspension is up so he’s back and ready to play.
- The quarterback game plan is geared toward Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett. We’re going to play the guy who gives us the best chance to win.
- We’re going to do everything we can to get Raekwon Davis to play. I don’t know if he’ll be ready to play in this game.
- I’m not a dictator. We make team decisions here. It’s not a democracy, but I’m not a dictator either.
- Anthony Averett did a good job in the game. He needs to play the ball better. That’s true for all the guys at defensive back.