"I think in the offensive line, continuity is probably most important because those guys work together so much, and you get the right combination of guys feeling comfortable, playing with experienced guys, next to guys that have a little less experience," Saban said. "That makes them feel more comfortable and confident and probably minimizes some of the mental errors, which is something that hurt us in the last few games because we didn’t have the continuity we had early in the season. I think that’s the biggest thing."
"Mark Barron is a guy you really can’t replace and Will should not play to replace him, he should just do his job the way he can do it best," Saban said. "That’s what I always tell guys when they are taking the place of somebody that’s been a really good player. Mark is the leading production guy for us on defense all year from his position. His experience and quality of performance and physical play is something any team would miss, but we have a lot of confidence in Will to go in there and do the right things and be in the right place."
Ingram doesn't remember wearing much Michigan State gear, but green and white were popular colors in his house.
"I remember for Christmas one year, I asked for Michigan State sheets," he said. "I had a Michigan State bedspread and a beanbag chair. We had Michigan State stuff all over the house, sweaters and stuff."
The colors have changed in recent years.
"Everything in the house is crimson now," Ingram said.
The practice sessions allowed bowl-bound college football teams have given some young members of the Michigan State team a time to shine.
Coach Mark Dantonio and his coordinators, Don Treadwell and Pat Narduzzi, talked about using the first few days of practice to see the future, as in freshmen and redshirt freshmen.
"Really, our entire 2010 class is outstanding," he said. "I would say the same for our ’09 class. We have an outstanding group of young players rising."
Alabama didn't get a chance to defend its national title, but it will get the chance to claim another recruiting title.
The Crimson Tide has enough big targets to push it to the top of the rankings again and is ranked third by Scout.com going into the weekend.
"I definitely expect them to finish in the top three," said Andrew Bone, Scout.com's assistant recruiting manager for the Southeast. "They're the only school, along with Florida State, that can really challenge Texas for No. 1."