April 7th, 2014 10:50 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama
Tags: Auburn, Cal Stanford, Crimson Tide, Nick Saban
So it was little wonder that Nick Saban’s 2013 team — a squad going for a third crown in a row — failed to improve after an emotional win over LSU. ”We got this,” they must have thought. Instead, Auburn got them on the weirdest final play this side of a Cal/Stanford game. And then Oklahoma got all over the Crimson Tide in a Sugar Bowl rout.
This year’s Bama players have no reason to believe they can just roll their helmets out onto the turf scaring their foes into a pregame surrender. And one scrimmage into spring practice, Nick Saban says he likes his team’s attitude:
“I thought that for the first scrimmage (on Saturday), I was really pleased with the effort and intensity that the players had. I really like the attitude of this team, in terms of how they go about what they try to do, how they word and the effort they give, the mental and physical toughness they play with. A lot of guys come out and be conscientious to do a good job, and I think it shows in the way we play and the way we compete.”
That’s about as effusive as Saban gets when it comes to praise. Let’s see if Saban is still just as happy when the curtain falls on his team’s spring drills.
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