Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos have a history.
Saban served as Michigan State’s defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach between 1983 and 1987. Enos was a freshman quarterback during Saban’s final season, and did not start until 1989.
Don’t think Saban forgot about him, though.
“Dan Enos is a great competitor,” Saban said on Wednesday. “Was a really good athlete. Did a fantastic job for us in what his role was on that team at Michigan State. I think the guy’s a really good coach.”
On Monday, Enos told the media that he figured Saban did not recall him.
“He got after me a little bit in practice every day,” Enos said (via ArkansasOnline.com‘s Tom Murphy). “I don’t know if he’ll remember that or not.”
The former quarterback served as an MSU graduate assistant until 1993, when he embarked on a coaching journey that featured several stops.
He came to Arkansas as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this year.
“Their offense is difficult to defend,” Saban said. “Good combination of runs and play-action passes. Good drop-back game. They’ve done a really good job with the players that they have, and I think that’s always a great indication of a good coach.”
The star of Enos’ offense is running back Alex Collins, but Saban had higher praise for tight end Hunter Henry on Wednesday, calling him “maybe” the country’s best tight end.
“I think in this day and age, that’s kinda the perfect tight end that you can have,” Saban said. “He’s a fantastic player, and he gives them a lot of diversity because you never know where the guy’s gonna line up.”