Coach Saban Opening Statement
"That was really
a great win for our team, and I think a big step forward for us as a team
because of the way we competed in the game. Players played hard and gave a lot
of effort in the game. Lots of players did a good job, whether it was special
teams, defense or offense. The question now is are we going to be able to build
on this, continue to improve as a team and not be satisfied with where we are
so that we can improve and get better execution and improve consistency in
things that we do and how we play. Whether it's a mental error on a punt return
where we don't hold up a guy right, or whether we don't block a back or run
through on offense and we get a negative play because of it. Better attention
to detail, do it this way. This is how it has to be done, technique wise,
fundamentally. Carry it from the practice field into the game. Don't go
‘rat-trap' in the game, be able to stay focused and disciplined in what you do
so that we have a chance to be successful on a more consistent basis.
"Players of the
week – you got that information. Kevin Norwood, Anthony Steen, T.J. Yeldon, Ha
Ha [Clinton-Dix] and C.J. [Mosley], and C.J. was the [SEC] defensive player of
the week. He's played great for us all year long. Landon Collins, Dillon Lee,
DeAndrew White and Cade [Foster] and Cody [Mandell] all did a good job on
"I don't think
we have any injury problems that you don't know about. Ryan Kelly will be the
guy that will not play in this game for sure. Other than that we are not really
practicing today. We are just doing walk through and stretch-and-stride. We do
this every so often on Mondays so that the players get two days off from
practice. We still do all the things that we do mentally, in terms of scouting
report, game plan that we put in on Monday, whatever those things are. My
experience in the past, when we have a seven game stretch here, when you play
more than five or six games in a row, players start to get worn down and tired.
Two days rest does 10 times more good than one. [It] doesn't do two times more
good. It does 10 times more good.
"We respect every opponent that we play regardless of record. The team that we play has talented players that can make plays. Our focus needs to be on what we need to do to improve as a team. They have a coaching staff that does a good job of coaching their players. They are a well-coached team, and they have players that are capable of making plays, like every team. You see these games – Akron almost beats Michigan or whatever it is. There is nothing to be taken for granted in any team that you play. I think the best way to do that is focus on who you are, what you're doing, how you want to improve and how you want to play to be the best player that you can be. That is certainly going to be our focus for this week."
INFORMATION SOURCE: UA Athletics Dept.