Nick Saban Says Florida State Is Built Like Alabama

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 14, 2017

Nick Saban stepped up to the podium Wednesday and told writers and broadcasters that he was proud to say this was his 16th SEC Media Days - 11 at Alabama and five at LSU. "I think there's a lot of lessons to learn, and hopefully we don't waste the failure".

Alabama star receiver Calvin Ridley confirmed that his team is still not over the Clemson loss and have reminders daily as they have posters of the final play and score in the locker room and in his dorm.

"We're pleased with the team's progression this summer", Saban said.

Saban's players realize that now, too. When asked if he thought that kids should play football due to the risk of injuries, Saban defended a sport he feels has a target on its back.

"I'm just here to support the family and the team", she said. I mean, LSU is very, very good. Once it happens, I don't give it much thought at all, because that was past year.

Having Hurts back at quarterback should provide a foundation for new offensive coordiantor Brian Daboll to build upon.

Of course, he didn't mention that Alabama beat Georgia, Tennessee and Florida by an average of 35 points in their last respective meetings, or that Alabama's 2012 team won the third title of the Saban era. I was getting mad, because I was doing what I was supposed to do and he was still yelling at me.

Paraphrasing here: "To be honest, that was last year and two years ago".

"Whether you win or lose, we are always trying to self-assess".

Those are a lot of teams Saban rattled off. "But we always talk about the issues that we have in football".

Yes, Iron Bowl rival Auburn was notably absent from Saban's answer. "We weren't able to finish the game the way we needed to".

Junior CB Minkah Fitzpatrick's stellar sophomore season him numerous accolades, including first team All-American honors, and high expectations going into the upcoming season.

Said Shaun Dion Hamilton will have no restrictions going into fall camp. He spent three years in college with Fresno State and three additional years working through New York's minor league system before making his full debut with the Yanks to open the 2017 campaign. They also have a hand that extends through the rest of the south, often competing for the same prospects as the schools in the SEC.

Saban concluded by thanking the media for how they cover his team, "even though you may not think I'm on your side". "Well, if that guy wasn't ready to play in football when he was 22 years old, he might not make the team". And that's certainly the kind of team that they have this year.

Saban, for his part, doesn't think the Tide has made the SEC a one-team league.

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