Alabama head coach Nick Saban gets heated as he sees something he doesn’t like with the defensive backs during the Crimson Tide’s 13th preseason football practice of the 2013 season, Monday, August 12, 2013, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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Check out my football notebook in Friday’s edition. It’s loaded with all sorts of tidbits of interested.
Safety Nick Perry spoke with the media for the first time this season. He was a great down-to-earth spokesman for the team.
How is your new new position coach?
“Greg Brown, I mean, he’s a great guy. Comes in with a lot of experience, NFL experience. It’s a great opportunity to be coached by one of the best guys out there.”
Is it a little different with Nick Saban interaction since they are old friends?
“Not really. At the end of the day he’s your coach. He’s going to be your boss and coach Saban is the head coach. We just have to listen to both of them. We have two position coaches in the meetings all the time. Coach Saban working specifically with the DBs. It wasn’t really a change.”
What has brown helped you with?
“Coach Brown is really big on hustling and finishing plays. One thing that he taught us break on every ball. You’ll never know when a tip ball will come or when a fumble happens. In camp we’ve had a lot more hustling.”
How is the depth at safety?
“We have a lot of guys that can play different positions. That’s a great thing about being here a long time, you know, with me and Vinnie (Sunseri), Ha Ha (Clinton-Dix), that we basically can play any position of the field. That really helps us with the depth because we can move around and each one of us can play Star (position), each one of us can play Money (position).”
What’s the difference between Brown and former position coach Jeremy Pruitt?
“Pretty much they stay in the system. We like to keep things the same. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Coach Brown brings a lot of new things, new techniques with him from the NFL. We’re kind of focusing on those. He’s been doing a good job and making us better.”
Ha Ha speaking up being a leader now?
“Yes. It’s quite funny. Ha Ha, I’ve watched him grow. I was here when he was a freshman so it’s kind of a good feeling to see him grow up and become a great leader. He’s definitely helping out with the young guys Like (Maurice Smith) and Eddie Jackson.”
Are you becoming a leader?
“I’ve kind of grown into it. I feel like an old man out there. It’s kind of sad this is my last season, but I’m happy to be able to help the young guys and keep Alabama on top.”
Are you worried about the targeting rule?
“Of all positions on the field that’s going to affect the safeties more because of the receivers coming across the middle. It is something we have to practice and get better on. Just make sure you keep your form and everything will be all right.
Will there be more hits to the knees?
“That’s a big concern, but at the end of the day we have to get them on the ground something. I guess they’ll end up figuring out a safer way for us to tackle.”
Alabama defensive back Nick Perry (27) grabs an interception in drills during an NCAA college football practice, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)