Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke to the media for the final time before the Tide meet Mississippi State this weekend (other than his radio show Thursday night). Saban spoke about the difficulty of playing in Starksville because of the noise, and that using the silent count on offense was very important. He also spoke about the difficulties in preparing for everything Mississippi State does on offense with the QB runs with Prescott, as well as preparing for Tyler Russell, who is more of a pocket passer.
Saban sounded pleased with the way the team has focused and practiced this week, but he has really focused on talking about having to deal with the multiple things MSU does on offense.
Saban revealed that cornerback Bradley Sylve, who has missed the past two games due to an ankle injury, still isn’t 100 percent, and that they felt he would be over the injury by now but he tweaked it again last week.
Saban seemed to get annoyed with questions about awards as well as comparisons between this years offensive line and last years. He did point to an article he read today about how whether or not a player should be up for an award because of the full body of work and not just one game (I believe that was Cecil Hurt’s story).
The Crimson Tide practiced outside in fairly cool weather Wednesday afternoon.
Bradley Sylve was still limping a bit but was participating in all drills. Cyrus Jones will likely start opposite of Deion Belue again this week.
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball has finally lost the black, non-contact jersey and is wearing his normal practice jersey. Fellow tackle Wilson Love remains watching from the sideline during drills as he doesn’t seem to be 100 percent yet.
The Tide linebackers could be seen working on defending the read option during the media’s viewing period even though MSU’s more mobile QB Dak Prescott is still questionable for the game. If he plays Trey DePriest will be a big a key in stopping the read option as well as CJ Mosley obviously.
Both senior’s AJ McCarron and CJ Mosley were named semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Alabama and Texas A&M are the only teams in the country with two players that were named semifinalists. Johnny Manziel and receiver Mike Evans are obviously the A&M players up the award.