University of Alabama photo by Kent Gidley
Alabama freshman Amari Cooper gets water during practice.
Some notes from Alabama coach Nick Saban’s meeting with reporters after Tuesday’s practice:
–He is pleased with the progress of the team, but: “” didn’t say satisfied, I just said pleased. I think the players are working hard. They’re trying to pay attention to detail. They’re trying to work through it.”
–He named three players as doing well and showing consistency: quarterback AJ McCarron, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and freshman receiver Amari Cooper.
–On Wednesday, Alabama will practice in the morning and the evening. Then after one practice Thursday, the Tide will work out twice Friday, once Saturday and have Sunday off.
–Nobody is getting left out of the work: “We’re coaching every guy on the team. We practice ones and threes, and twos and fours every day and split the coaching staff up so everybody is getting repetitions, everybody is getting coached, everybody has an opportunity.”
–Freshman receiver Chris Black suffered a shoulder injury sunday, and Saban said his status is “very, very questionable.”
–Wilson Love is fine, despite twisting an ankle Monday.
–Nothing new on incoming freshman Brandon Hill.
–He is hoping the young guys will prove willing and able to help on special teams. “Because the more you have to play starters on special teams, I think that affects you long-term in terms of the wear and tear that you have on guys and how they get worn down in games. We need more players to have a role. I think it’s great for team chemistry that more players have a role as well.”
–He said nose tackle Jesse Williams last year “was probably the most underrated player on our defensive team in terms of his consistency and performance.”
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