"It was an opportunity to play a lot of players. We got some guys who got to play tonight that probably would have never had an opportunity to play. That was great for them," UA coach Nick Saban said. "I was pleased. The experience was good. The second team guys got to play at least a quarter- and-a-half, especially on offense.
"We got to play a lot of guys on defense. That experience is really important. Even though they made some mistakes out there, I think sometimes that’s how you learn."
The players didn’t seem to mind taking the beating. "Everything we learned from this game — personally, I know now what I have to do to get to that next level," defensive end Kalan Jenkins said. "I know why they’re 1-A and we’re 1-AA but it’s going to make us better. It was definitely worth it. I don’t regret playing this game at all."
Crimson Tide defensive linemen knocked around quarterback Drew Little and linebackers thumped Panthers running backs. Crimson-jerseyed cornerbacks clung to Georgia State's wide receivers, giving them little room to maneuver. Little through an uncharacteristic four interceptions and was eventually replaced by Kelton Hill.
"It was a lot faster than I anticipated," running back Travis Evans said.
Said Hill, "When they land on you, it hurts a little more than regular guys."
Much of the focus these next eight days will center around the status of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, but Alabama coach Nick Saban made it clear following Alabama’s blowout win on Thursday night that he wants to see Newton on the field.
"Cam Newton’s a great player, and I think that if you’re a great competitor, you like to compete against great players," Saban said.
Welcome to Iron Bowl week.
"All our focus is on Auburn," Alabama defensive end Damion Square said as he jogged off the field. "We take it one week at a time. This week is over. We're ready to go take care of Cam."
The University of Alabama Men’s basketball team travels to the U.S. Virgin Islands this week to take part in the 11th annual Paradise Jam basketball Tournament. The Tide visits St. Thomas for the second time in the tournament's history after coming away as the event's champion in 2006.
While the quick team excursion was enjoyable, it did little to distract the squad from the task at hand.
"This was impressive to see," Green said of the views and entertainment. "But now we've got to focus on Seton Hall. They're a good team and we need to be ready to play them and hopefully get this tournament started off on the right foot."
That focus began upon the team's return to the hotel where a film study of the Pirates was the first thing on the agenda before the team settled in for a full night's rest in preparation for its second day and first of three games in St. Thomas.