First off, check out my story on the Alabama football team in Thursday’s editions of the TimesDaily and Decatur Daily. It’s on the wide receivers.
Here are some leftover quotes from sophomore Chris Black, who was interviewed for the story.
What makes you different than other receivers?
“Being versatile. I can be in the slot or outside. I’ve really made a lot of progress playing outside this spring with DeAndrew White being out; taking more reps outside than I’ve done in the past.”
Where did you have to get better?
“Just more the feel of the game playing outside. I’ve played a lot of slot in my two years here. It’s just a different feel when you go outside.”
“You see a lot of different covers; a lot of DBs play different. Slot is more reading a lot of things, where the outside is just you and a DB.”
What have you worked on in the offseason?
“I feel I was a lot more focused. I didn’t worry too much about making mistakes as much. Just focused on my game and focused on the good things I can do.”
How has offense done vs. first defense?
“Pretty good. We’ve built a lot of chemistry. To me it looks good. We’ve still got a lot to improve on, but I think we’’ve done a pretty good job this spring.”
Black seems to be one of those Internet all-Americans. Fans really like him and think he should be the guy.
He was rated higher than Amari Cooper, but a shoulder injury derailed him his first year. Expect Black to be more an impact this season.
“He’s something awful to cover, too,” safety Jarrick Williams said. “He’s pretty good. Quick. He’s a shift to slack guy. He can do it all.”