Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of the best and most versatile defensive backs in the nation.
And his form at SEC Media Days on Wednesday was just as good as his form on the field last season.
Fitzpatrick strayed slightly from the typical Alabama player/coach tight-lipped demeanor when speaking to the media, making a couple of bold and honest claims about himself and his team.
Alabama and Auburn have one of the most iconic rivalries in college football, culminating every season with the Iron Bowl. But Fitzpatrick has other thoughts when it comes to the Crimson Tide’s biggest rival.
— Chase Horn (@ChaseHorn) July 12, 2017
Then, in a one-on-one, fact-or-fiction interview with SEC Network, Fitzpatrick was asked if he could flip to wide receiver and play there for some SEC teams. There was no hesitation.
“Fact,” he said.
Fitzpatrick makes a strong case. In just two seasons at Alabama, he has eight interceptions, four of which he has returned for touchdowns. And one of those returns went for 10o yards.
“I played wide receiver in high school, and I think I had almost 1,000 yards,” he said. “I’m an athlete.”
And just for good measure, Fitzpatrick laughed off some of the moments he and his teammates have had with Nick Saban, as a result of how serious he can get.
Minkah Fitzpatrick on Saban: He gets up on the Gatorade thing and starts cussing at us. I’m like “Man, we just won 56-0’."
— Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) July 12, 2017
He did acknowledge that these fits of being cussed at after large wins did help the Crimson Tide throughout the season. But they’re probably all something we can imagine, given that we see occasionally see Saban unhappy on the sideline while sporting a multi-touchdown lead.