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Drowning out the noise
Alabama coach Nick Saban turned heads by comparing positive coverage of his team to rat poison after the team’s one-score win against Texas A&M on Saturday. Saban’s comments were aimed at limiting his players’ focus to his guidance, and not what they hear from the media. On Monday, players responded to this , discussing how much they pay attention to the headlines they read about Alabama. Many said they try not to focus on what they read in the news, but still, it is hard to avoid .
“It’s kind of hard not to see that stuff, even if you don’t look into it or look that hard for it,” said Alabama offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher. “Even if you pull up Facebook, it’s right there. Everyone’s sharing it or whatnot. So, you see the headlines.”
Watch all of those interviews here .
In other headlines …
- Alabama vs. Tennessee on Oct. 21 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. CT on CBS.
- The SEC named Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick Co-Defensive Player of the Week. It was his second career selection.
- SEC Country’s Christopher Walsh points out 10 things you may not have noticed in Alabama’s win over Texas A&M.
- Saban updated the status of both Trevon Diggs (foot) and Tony Brown (knee). Calvin Ridley (thigh) was limited at practice.
- Both Lincoln Riley and Lane Kiffin piggybacked off Saban’s comments about the media.
- Paul Finebaum said Saban was “brilliant” for calling the media rat poison.
- Yahoo’s Pat Forde placed one SEC team over Alabama in his weekly playoff rankings.
Focus on next play
Alabama wide receiver Robert Foster had a rough series against Texas A&M. The senior failed to track a deep throw from Jalen Hurts that would not have counted. Then, he dropped a pass from Hurts. On the next play, he fumbled on a screen pass, resulting in the Alabama’s first turnover since the Iron Bowl last season. After that sequence of plays, Saban appeared to engage in a “teaching moment” with Foster, rather than berating him.
Foster has been a player who has shown he can make big plays. Saban said he wanted to encourage Foster to move on from the sequence of mistakes.
“Hey, you’ve got to focus on the next play,” Saban told Foster. “Don’t worry about that, don’t get frustrated with that, just focus on the next play.”
Alabama running back Damien Harris has breakaway speed this season. In six games, he has touchdown runs of 61 and 75 yards. After being chased down by defenders on long runs last season, Harris decided to slim down. Harris is starting to embrace his new speed to run away from defenders. That weight loss wasn’t easy, however. He had to make big sacrifices. He had to give up one of his favorite things in the world: honey buns.
Change of plans
Alabama defensive lineman LaBryan Ray had a coming-out party against Texas A&M. He saw his first minutes in crucial situations for Alabama this season. The result? A big sack that slowed down the Aggies’ momentum. Ray was not always supposed to play big minutes, however. According to Saban, the original plan was to redshirt him . Due to injuries to Da’Shawn Hand and other pass rushers, Ray had to step up.
Built by Bama
Former Alabama golfer Emma Talley secured her spot on the LPGA Tour after a 12 under finish at the Symetra Tour Championship. Talley is just a year removed from play at Alabama, where she won the 2015 NCAA Championship and was selected as a first-team All-American during her junior season.
Around the Capstone
- Alabama men’s golf is leading the field after Day 1 of the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
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