What Nick Saban said about season prep, injuries, Mac Jones

Nick Saban met local reporters on Wednesday night for the last time before the game week began next Monday in Tuscaloosa.

They talked for a little over 13 minutes. Here are some of the highlights:

– Saban called for the team to finish this “hump week” which they considered camp after last Saturday’s investigation.

– Focus should improve from Saturday. “I think we have to get a little better focus and intensity in practice. I think we should not get dull about the basic techniques that we have been working on for a long time so that we can really go into a game. “

Saban said that he needed to prepare for the scout team and how fast / physical it was.

– Preliminary preparations for the Sept 26 opener with Missouri began Tuesday. “We will continue to do so tomorrow as well,” Saban said. He said, “I think there’s something that has to bring players to their sightseers, that we have a game coming up and we’re not just practicing to practice. They have to change their mindset, and its With the sense of urgency, cohesion, playing smart, being able to get things in meetings and taking it out on the field, and getting your mind right, you have to change so you are ready to compete and play the game. “

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– On a COVID-19 topic, Saban stated that they were now testing players daily instead of three times a week. “We just thought that it gives players peace of mind,” Saban said. “This is the best thing for the players. This is the best thing for the program. We have the capabilities and resources to do it, so we are happy to do it. “

– Saban said that in the wake of security there was a lot of anger at Jordan Battle on Saturday. He had as much production as a defense at Bryant-Denny Stadium with a Force fumble, a recovered fumble. Saban also liked her physical style and confidence within the plan.

– When asked about the level of shopping in the roster, there was a small fire in Saban’s stomach. He said that the older players achieve it while the younger ones still feel one for it. “These people are starting to feel, ‘How do you rate for the next level?’ They think that’s how they play in this game. But we have people watching practice all the time. We have people watching practice tapes of the days that they are not here. Things are being evaluated, not just Their performance, how their teammates react to make them a good game, how they respond to it. ”

– Saban also stated that he recently had a speaker from the NFL who reported that they were already monitoring their Twitter accounts. Saban said, “When you post, you make some kind of decision about what you do and what you do.”

– On the new Sports Science Center, Saban said the impact would likely be felt for a longer period of time. “But I think our players can benefit from a recovery point of view, from a physical rehab approach, because we have great facilities,” Saban said. “But I think every individual player is different, and every injury is different, and everyone’s ability to recover is a little different. I think our medical staff and our strength and conditioning people try to get those players Do a great job of doing what they need to do in person so that they can maintain, they can perform, they can stay injury-free, and I think this is all going to be long term positive for us. “

– Saban said he was happy for the Big Ten players after Wednesday’s announcement they would play this fall.

– Offensive lineman Emil Acior has improved a lot this fall, lost weight and is in very good shape. “He’s very smart as a player,” Saban said. “He can play many positions, centers and guards. We look at him as a starter and he can start many positions for us, and he will definitely get a lot of time.”

– Along the offensive line, Saban said he sees seven who can start. It’s just a matter of finding the right five.

– Defensive lineman Christian Barmore’s minor knee injury could keep him out of the opener with Missouri.

– Quarterback Mack Jones had a strong check on Saturday and Saban gave information about the fourth-year junior stand. “When Mac lives on his own and is concerned about doing what he wants to do and executes and does the things he’s trained to do, he’s very, very effective,” he said. said. “When he focuses on the play, he doesn’t bother about what happened before the play is very effective. He has shown the ability to do so much better this year. I think it’s about maturity and understanding. Indication of what he needs to do to play football at his place. “

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow her on twitter @ByCasagrande Or on Facebook.