Five quick hits from Nick Saban's Wednesday night press conference:
1. First thing’s first: Alabama head coach Nick Saban dispelled Tuesday’s report that said A.J. McCarron had a slightly torn meniscus. He said that although his quarterback is wearing the knee brace, he was able to take every rep in practice this week.
“He does have a bruised knee. That’s what he has. That’s what the MRI showed,” Saban stated quite firmly. “I don’t know why people would put something out that’s totally, ridiculously untrue which compromises the integrity of the medical staff, the doctors and everybody that does what they do.”
Keeping with the injury report, Saban said wide receiver Christion Jones (ankle) is “making progress” and “nobody else has issues or problems, physically.”
2. With safety Vinnie Sunseri and his father, Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri, being on opposing sidelines this Saturday, Saban was asked if he ever played against his father.
“No, no I didn’t,” he said, smiling. “He was my coach a couple times. That was pretty demanding…but it was helpful.”
3. As he has been all week, Saban was very complimentary of Tennessee’s offense and quarterback Tyler Bray.
“They do a great job of protecting the quarterback, he’s only been sacked three times,” Saban said. “He does a good job of getting the ball out of his hands quickly…They probably have two of the best receivers we’ve played against all year. They have by far the biggest and best offensive line.
“To me, it’s how do you stop all the components? They’re not one-dimensional.”
4. Junior defensive end Ed Stinson leads the team with seven tackles for loss (for 21 yards) on the season.
“He’s kind of a blue-collar player,” Saban said. “He’s really developed and worked hard to develop and become a very, very good player for us. He’s gotten bigger. He’s stronger. He plays the point well. He’s got good explosion. He’s instinctive.
“The big thing we try to do with Ed is play with great initial quickness and when he does that, he’s really hard to block.”
5. With running back Dee Hart (knee) out for the season and Jones dealing with a nagging ankle, Saban put out a few other names for the Crimson Tide’s return game.
“Cyrus [Jones] did a good job last week. He’s really got good hands, good ball judgment,” he said. “We’re really totally confident that he can do the job. He’s got a really good burst. He’s elusive in space.
“Deion Belue can do it. Amari Cooper can do it. We probably have more guys that are decent at doing that than we’ve had in the past.”
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