Nick Saban has won three national titles since ditching the NFL for Tuscaloosa in 2007. So when he compares an opponent to one of his old squads, it’s high praise.
The coach dished out plenty of compliments to No. 8 Georgia on Monday afternoon, but none bigger than the following: “I would say they look a lot like some of our teams from the past.”
UGA (4-0) is currently ranked No. 13 nationally in scoring defense, and uses a run-centric approach to batter opponents before putting the ball in the air.
“They don’t make a lot of mistakes,” Saban said. “They don’t beat themselves much. And they play with a lot of toughness, and they’re very aggressive on both sides of the ball. That’s the kind of team that we’ve always sort of aspired to have here. And it sort of looks like that’s the kind of team they have developed there.
“I don’t think there’s one part of their defense where you would say, ‘Here’s a weakness, and here’s a strength.’ I think they’re pretty solid throughout.”
Saban specifically noted defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s impact on the Bulldogs. Pruitt was Alabama’s secondary coach from 2010-12 before leaving for Florida State. He signed on with Georgia in 2014.
“I think he did a fantastic job here, and I think it goes without saying… the results that he’s gotten where he’s been… (have been) really good,” Saban said. “The guy’s a really good coach. Players respond well to him, and he’s a good teacher.”
— SEC Country (@seccountry) September 28, 2015