College GameDay is in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, and a special guest dropped by the set.
Alabama coach Nick Saban made some time to speak to the crew before his Crimson Tide take on Texas A&M in a key SEC West matchup at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He shared some revealing thoughts on a variety of topics.
Here are a few of the highlights:
On quarterback Jalen Hurts: “I think he won the team early on, because I think the team had a lot of confidence in his ability, the way the players always said, ‘He’s got a little dog in him,’ which always tells me he’s a great competitor, and they trust and believe in him. We just wanted to give him the opportunity in some early games to see how he could play and develop some confidence. And he did a great job of that.”
On Eddie Jackson: “First of all, Eddie got to be the punt returner, because he was the most consistent guy catching the ball. That’s where it starts. Catching the ball is the most important thing. But he has developed into a guy who is very instinctive returning the ball. He does a great job setting up the blockers, so he has made some explosive plays in the return game.”
On influences for him: “First of all, Don James, who was my college coach. He got me started in coaching. … And then George Perles, who at Michigan State gave me my first responsibility as a coordinator. And then, without doubt, Bill Belichick for the great organization, and that’s where the whole process-oriented approach with me came from.”
On consistency for Alabama: “I think the first thing is the way we approach competition. We don’t talk a lot about winning. We talk a lot about what do you have to do to play your best on a consistent basis. … That’s what we really try to get the players to do — focus on a high standard of consistency in their play and understand that they’ve never arrived, that the season is a grind, that it’s a long haul, and you have to be prepared and ready to play each week.”
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) October 22, 2016