TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After running practice in the rain on Thursday afternoon, Nick Saban addressed reporters about Alabama’s progress in fall camp, and discussed the team’s looming first scrimmage.
Here’s some of what he said:
• Introduction: We’ve been having some issues with the weather, was finally able to get outside for the entire practice today (it’s been pouring in Tuscaloosa the past few days). As a team, everyone needs to look at the opportunity we have.
• Regarding the scrimmage, it’s important to see how the young players are able to turn what they’ve learned on the field and translate it on the field. Haven’t made many personnel decision yet, it’s been about getting guys ready and see who might contribute.
• LB Mosley is in concussion protocol. LB Cowan having a back issue.
• DB Levi Wallace is one of the guys we’re looking to find a role for.
• Saban on WR Henry Ruggs as a punt returner: He’s very explosive and fields the ball well. We’re still looking for someone on kickoff return.
• Special teams is something they need to work on. There’s competition at long-snapper and kicker. Saturday will be more telling than practice.
• Saban praises WR Robert Foster’s attitude.
• Saban on LB Rashaan Evans: “He’s a really good pass rusher … He’s made fantastic progress.”
• Saban asked about Josh Rosen comment. Says he looks it the other way, playing football is what led to bigger and better things and an opportunity to graduate, etc. It’s not easy, it’s never been easy, but the lessons learned are huge. “I think it makes you a better parent, it can make you a better employee, it can make you better at a lot of things.” (FYI, Alabama has 12 players on the roster who already have their degrees and has a high graduation rate).
• Saban happy to have guys like Glen Coffee, Javier Arenas back around. Hopes it help leads to other opportunities.
• Saban on staff sizes: My philosophy is to have a staff size of whatever we can have. It’s for the players and we’re making the investment in them. If someone else doesn’t like it they ought to hire more people.
• Final question is on facing Jimbo Fisher. Says the FSU game will be about the players, and the team that executes the best will win.
Alabama will hold its first closed scrimmage of the fall on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.