"I think every athlete is going to experience some type of letdown at some point in their career," McElroy said. "It's the great athletes that are able to bounce back and let it be in the rear-view mirror and see how they respond the following week."
“The guy’s got a great feel for running the offense they’re running now, which is more of an Oregon-style offense,” said University of Alabama coach Nick Saban. “It still has got a lot of the typical Houston Nutt things they’ve done — downhill running, power, all that stuff — but the option part of it, the guy is extremely quick, he’s physical as a runner, he’s a good thrower, he’s a good scrambler and he makes plays throwing it off a scramble.”
On Monday, Nutt scoffed at the notion that it has taken time for chemistry to form between Masoli and his new teammates.
"I think that's always been there," Nutt said. "He earned his way very, very early with hard work and a tremendous attitude and wanting to please and fit in. He's been a playmaker for us."
What does this playmaker bring to the Rebels' offense?
"It's like a whole 'nother dimension," junior running back Brandon Bolden said. "In past years, we haven't had as much of a mobile quarterback. With Jeremiah back there, there's another option you have to respect, because he will run the ball. He's not scared to lower his shoulder, either."
Alabama sophomore offensive guard Barrett Jones: Alabama has a bunch of guys who’ve played well on the offensive line this season. Jones has been a staple at his right guard position and is as consistent as the day is long.
“We went through our share of hard lessons last year,” Grant said Thursday in a preseason press conference. “But a lot of times, you see guys make the greatest jump from their first year to their second and for us, that is everybody on our team. We are all in our second year, and we should have a much better idea of what is expected.”
The Crimson Tide, which will open practice for the 2010-11 season this afternoon, returns eight veterans from last year’s 17-15 team, although it must replace leading scorer Mikhail Torrance at the point guard position. Junior forward JaMychal Green (14.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg), a preseason All-SEC choice in many prognostications, is the top returner. But Grant thinks that experience will help not just Green, but the entire team.
“We improved last season, and I have been pleased with the attitude in the off-season,” Grant said.