Videos: Alabama Crimson Tide Monday Player Interviews

Before the Alabama Crimson Tide players hit the field for practice, a few of them were made available to the media on Monday afternoon. Check out the videos below and the highlights.

Amari Cooper

  • Confident in both quarterbacks (Sims and Coker). Will be confident in who Saban decides to put out there.
  • Talking about freshman left tackle Cameron Robinson: Says it feels to good to come in as a freshman wanting to start and to see it come to fruition.
  • Both quarterbacks have been throwing on time and reading defenses well.
  • Says a big thing that comes with leadership is confidence
  • Not focused on last year. Tired of practicing against each other and ready to play the first game.

Austin Shepherd

  • Check out Karen’s story on “Jocks and Locks.”
  • The quarterback competition is close. Players have no idea who is going to start.
  • Doesn’t see it as a negative that the Tide doesn’t have a number one quarterback. The team has adapted to it.
  • The experienced offensive line, three great running backs and awesome receivers will be great for the starter. Team is in good hands at every position.
  • Coach Cristobal has been working on technique to get the line to get a push and be more physical if they don’t show it in practice.
  • Says he tries to lead by example and also vocally.
  • Amazing to see how far the quarterbacks have progressed since the start of camp.

Jonathan Allen

  • Camp was hard but the team pushed through it and came together as a team.
  • Not focused on depth chart. Just found out today that it was even being released. Focused on doing what the team needs to do to get better.
  • Team has players that do the right things on and off the field and are established as leaders.
  • Defense has been working hard to stop the hurry up no huddle offenses.
  • Defense also has a lot of depth so they can rotate in and out often.
  • Allen feels his confidence has built as opposed to last year.
  • They are ready to establish their new identity, as Coach Saban would say.

Jalston Fowler

  • No matter who gets the nod at quarterback, the team will go out and support him.
  • Fowler says he doesn’t really see a big difference between Coker and Sims.
  • Doesn’t see it as a negative that there has been no decision on the quarterback. Both guys are good players. Team can win with either one.
  • Any of the running backs can “get out there and play”.
  • Says for the first time in a long time, he feels great. Body feels good and no injuries.
  • Wants to get back to playing Alabama football: physical, pride, and everything else that they preach.

Reggie Ragland

  • Says it’s a blessing to play but really up to Coach Saban and who he wants to put out there.
  • Can see leadership qualities in Trey DePriest and Landon Collins. Also on the offensive side from Arie Kouandjio.
  • Ready to play and to see how it is out there on the field.
  • Mentions the motivating factor from losing last season’s final games that the others mentioned.

Landon Collins

  • Defense is older now and a better unit.
  • Knows the leaders from watching the younger guys and who they go to for questions. Says you can go to anyone on this team.
  • Collins thinks the younger players’ questions to him makes him a better player because he can see what they see and what they are thinking.
  • Did a lot of riding an exercise bike to get in shape for fast paced offenses. Also says the team goes as fast as possible during practice.
  • Loves to play on special teams because that’s where it started but understands if Saban limits him.
  • Defense wants to finish ranked number one at the end of the year.

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