Others that remain in the mix include junior Dallas Warmack and redshirt sophomore Brandon Kennedy, with four-star summer enrollee Jedrick Wills Jr. also drawing rave reviews at both guard at tackle.
Yes, that's coachspeak. Saban has been re-loading in Tuscaloosa for 11 years and having to replace a few parts on defense is offset by an offense that should be even better than the unit that led the SEC in scoring last season, led by true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts - who is the first returning starter at that position for the Tide since 2013. He led the SEC in passing last season and threw for 400 yards against the Tide.
"We're not going to tolerate people making stuff up just to create interest", Saban said. He's becoming a laughingstock on Rocky Top.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said "it's one of those moments you won't forget". "We've been trying to feel it out, see what we can do, see what's the best fit". So, was it a disappointment? As it stands, Father Time seems like the only man capable of ending Saban's reign.
Of course Saban doesn't like it. It requires discipline from a coach. Patrick said he knows it's hard for coaches in Pruitt's shoes who suddenly step into a new situation and do their best to settle in. Says he loved LSU and the people in Louisiana but knew inside that he wanted to coach in the NFL.
"We really wanted to change the game and do it for a long, long time", McKay said.
"I don't want to waste a failure", Saban said. "Everybody's hurt by the fact that they lost, especially the way we lost that particular game on the last play", he says.
"I was in there about a month ago and just recently in there four days ago - it's amazing the progress they've made in that time period", Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan said Tuesday.
You heard him right.
A failure? Yes, at Alabama, it was a failure. A third straight SEC title. As expected, Coach O is very enthusiastic on the 2017 Bengal Tigers. The sports studied included football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, softball, volleyball and basketball.
"Who's saying that? You're the only one saying that", Saban said, his voice rising with each syllable. Alabama defines success as winning a national championship. Hurts has the job, but they're not going to their new stud quarterback, freshman Tua Tagovailoa, sit idly on the sideline.
Seemingly all of Saban's 85 scholarship players buy in hook, line and sinker.
Scarbrough broke his leg in the national championship game. For Alabama, who let a lead slip from the grasp late in the game, it was unlike anything they'd experience in quite a while. But it is what it is. And I think there was a lot of time and circumstance involved in me coming to Alabama.
It takes a tremendous amount of accountability to be able to execute and sustain the execution for 60 minutes in the game. "We tried to design it with the College Football Championship in mind".
The 65-year-old Saban certainly showed no signs of slowing down, as he was ushered into private areas where he conducted interviews with broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, and SEC Network. Saban for all intents banished Lane Kiffin last December, not to LSU to become Ed Orgeron's offensive coordinator but to be the new head coach at Florida Atlantic.
Saban said coaches are going to have to be cautious in an intense game.
With Pruitt's second season on the horizon, Fitzpatrick made it apparent his defensive coordinator is already in his players' ears about being just as productive this time around. After a lengthy opening address, a reporter asked Saban to self-assess "The Process" in the aftermath of last year's 35-31 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game. "We lost because of the small details".
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