TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After getting a week off for spring break, Alabama held its second workout of spring practice on Monday afternoon. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban met with reporters to break everything down.
–“Spring practice is something that you do to make progress for the season. We want to have a great spring practice.” — Saban
–Saban said spring practice is all about giving effort and energy even when things don’t go right.
–“You can’t be casual with the way you approach spring practice.” Said spring practice is like a project.
–Everyone made it back from spring break. Players will practice this week, and take Saturday off so they can go home for Easter.
–On Rashaan Evans, Saban said the team is trying to find a permanent position. He’s been working at inside linebacker since spring practice started. Said Evans has the natural ability. Now he just has to learn the position, but he doesn’t think it’ll be hard for Evans to learn.
–Saban said they tell players the team would “like for you to workout four times” on spring break. Said the team will know which players did or didn’t workout based on weight gain and how they respond in practice when they get back. Said the team doesn’t call them and check up on them.
–Saban said Robert Foster (shoulder) is doing a good job with his rehab. Said he’s doing everything all the other receivers are doing.
–Asked about linebacker Reuben Foster, Saban said he’s played a lot of good football for the team, but there are areas he can improve in.
Saban mentions Seth Curry (he meant Steph) and Michael Jordan as two of the most dominant basketball players ever, but every time you hear something about them, they’re working on improving. Saban said Alabama doesn’t have anybody as good as Curry or Jordan.
–Saban said Damien Harris returned to school this semester more mature and confident as a player. Said he’s shown improvement during the two practices. Said Harris and Bo Scarbrough will compete for the running back job. Saban also said the incoming freshmen (B.J. Emmons and Joshua Jacobs) will have an opportunity to compete as well.
–Saban said having O.J. Howard back for his senior season is great for both parties. Saban said the team is excited to have Howard back, and added that he thinks returning to school will help Howard in his future.