Alabama Football: Players’ maturity spells good news for 2012 Crimson Tide

Forecasting the 2012 Alabama football team.

Over the last two weeks, we have looked at some of the things to watch to forecast just how good this year’s Alabama football team can be. One important thing for any team coached by Nick Saban is attitude. He stresses the importance of motivation to doing the right things. This year’s Alabama team sounds like it is focused on the right things.

In Tuscaloosa Tuesday night, I had the chance to look four players in the eyes and listen to them talk about how they are dealing with Spring Practice. What they said showed real maturity.

Alabama running back Jalston Fowler is blunt when asked how this time of year has him feeling.

“Tired, but you got to push through because it is almost over,” Fowler said. “You’ve got to stay focused to be the best you can be out there. You’ve got to push through. You’ve got to finish.”

Finishing means making it through the final practices and to A-Day.

If that sounds like Nick Saban, it isn’t surprising. After winning two BCS crowns at Alabama, there aren’t many doubters left about Saban’s methodology. His tenure at Alabama shows that doing things his way nets championships—and the 2012 players seem to be responding to the under performance of the 2010 team.

One theme from last year’s national championship team is still around, according to Adrian Hubbard.

“Everybody has come in and is gelling together,” Hubbard said. “Everybody still has the warrior mentality we had from our championship, and I’m glad about that.”

Hubbard has a unique way to contribute to this year’s team both on the field and in a leadership position by helping players deal with position moves in the linebacker corps.

“I’ve tried to mold (the younger guys),” Hubbard said. “When I first got here and got moved around being a young guy, I was kind of confused. It is kind of mindboggling because you get recruited for one position and then get changed. So, I’ve tried to help their mindset.”

Even injured players are showing an amazing amount of maturity and concern for the team.

Fowler had this to say about running back Eddie Lacy, “He is just watching. He is out there trying to coach us up and tell us what to do out there.”

Some of that coaching included advice for Fowler’s running style.

“I can’t do the spin move,” Fowler said. “I tried that at practice, and (Lacy) said, ‘Leave that to me.’”

The players are saying the right things, and trying to do the right things. That should mean good results on the football field for the 2012 Alabama football team.