Saban wants Pettway to prove Tide can depend on him

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — After spending much of the year as a defensive end, Crimson Tide freshman D.J. Pettway has worked a little this month at outside linebacker.

“I think what D.J. Pettway has to do is, no matter how well he can pass rush, is he has to prove that he can be depended on,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “That’s he’s going to do the right thing. That he’s going to be in the right place at the right time, whether it’s on or off the field, so that everybody can trust in him that he’s going to do the things that he’s supposed to do.

“Talking about responsibility for your own self-determination, I think that’s important for everybody in the organization. Guys that can do that usually do a good job of going in there and developing the kind of respect and trust with their teammates that they need so that people want to play with them. But he is a guy that does have pass rush ability and can help us.”

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