1. Nick Saban started off Monday’s press conference by poking and prodding at the media (of course, there’s obviously no better way to start the week).
“Everyone thought we were too young, too inexperienced, couldn’t handle success,” he said with a smirk. “Everyone has been saying all those things about our team and now they’re saying something different. My question is, What’s different? We’re still young, still inexperienced, still got things to work on.”
He said that his team still needs to mature and has to be able to focus on correcting mistakes, like the busted coverage plays the secondary gave up against Michigan, which gave the Wolverines their two touchdowns.
2. Injury report—Jesse Williams (concussion), Tana Patrick (undisclosed), Trey DePriest (ankle) and Reggie Ragland (ankle) will all be limited this week with Ragland being the most questionable for Western Kentucky this weekend.
3. Saban took another shot at the media by saying how the fact that Alabama is playing a team like Western Kentucky this weekend gets diminished.
“I know that y’all don’t think they’re probably very good, but they’ve won eight out of the last nine games and they’re probably one of the better teams in the Sun Belt for this year, maybe even the Sun Belt champs eventually,” he said.
“They do a great job in terms of putting a lot of pressure on you. Their defense really pressures the offense a lot.”
He said this weekend will be a “challenging game for us.”
4. Saban was asked if it was “presumptive” to inquire about backup quarterback Phillip Ely playing more this weekend, as well as the other two’s.
“It is presumptive to ask and I’m not even going to answer,” he said.
5. Saban said that he has “total faith, trust and confidence” in true freshman running back T.J. Yeldon, who had 12 touches for 137 yards and a touchdown against Michigan. He said if Eddie Lacy couldn’t go, Yeldon would have gotten the start.
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