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Jumbo Package: Saban wraps up Missouri opener

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NCAA Football: Alabama at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Saban had his customary Monday press conference yesterday to discuss the Missouri game.

“We had a couple other offensive linemen in there,” Saban said during his video news conference. “Trey didn’t have a lot of opportunity, but at the same time, I think the experience will do him well.”

Sanders’ first touch of the game came late in the third quarter when freshman backup quarterback Bryce Young entered the game. Alabama kept its starting offensive line on the field for Young’s first drive, although right tackle Evan Neal was injured on the first play, a run by Sanders for no gain.

— Saban likes Mac Jones’ pocket presence, noting his ability to keep his eyes downfield and not look for the rush. He also likes the fact Jones keeps two hands on the ball in the pocket. “I think he only made maybe one bad read in the game, or one misread, I would say,” Saban said. “And the rest of the time he was pretty much on point.”

— Saban laughed with a small slice of embarrassment when asked about the lucky penny tradition with his daughter Kristen. She gets him a penny before every game for him to hold for good luck. “It means a lot,” he said. “I hate to admit that I’m superstitious. It’s worked pretty well in the past, and hopefully it will continue to work. I don’t think people understand what Kristen goes through sometimes to get that penny to me, especially this week. She’s got a new (son) that she has to take care of and she had to go through a lot to get that penny to me, and I appreciate it.”

Given some time to digest the performance, Saban reviewed the Tide defense Monday by breaking it down by half.

First: Good.

Second: Not so much.

Alabama allowed 113 yards (3.2 per play) before halftime and 209 yards (5.5 a play) after reserves began entering in the second half.

“There was a lot of formation adjustments and multiples that we had to adjust to in the game, and we made some mental errors relative to that,” Saban said. “Some were costly.”

Needless to say, finishing will be the theme of practice this week. Press conference embedded at the bottom, per usual.

Mike Leach was asked a funny question about Saban.

The question:

“Have you ever thought about dressing up on the sideline for a game? And what do you think the psychological value would be? Both for your team and what do you think Nick Saban would think if for instance, he looked across the field, and you were dressed as a pirate? Or, you know, some other choice of a costume to coach against him?”

Leach’s response:

“You know, I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about that. That’d be kind of wild. Nick does seem like the type of guy that would really get into some costume play, though.”

Yeah, not sure about that one, Pirate.

Rick Karle is always good for some inspirational content, but you have to check out his latest on Levi Wallace.

It's a story that is so inspirational that it reads like a movie- a story that I'd like to tell you after I bring you...

Posted by Rick Karle WVTM 13 on Monday, September 28, 2020

Levi’s story is an incredible one and should be told to every young person with a dream. Great stuff.

Last, if you’re into X’s and O’s, check out this awesome film study from Jordan Rodgers on Kyle Trask dominating Ole Miss with one route combination.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.