By Hunter Ford
It’s time for Alabama “to turn the page” on its rout of Texas A&M and focus on the battle with Tennessee, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
That was Nick Saban’s message in a brief Monday press conference. Saban said he was proud of his team for playing with “intensity” and “emotion” while maintaining discipline and executing well.
He said he didn’t see anything “different” while reviewing game films of the 59-0 win over the Aggies.
“But when you look at things closely, you know, you always find things you can improve on, and areas we can execute better,” he said.
Saban said Tennessee, 3-4, 0-3, could easily be 5-2. The Vols lost close games with Georgia, 35-32, and Florida, 10-9. Tennessee lost 34-3 at Ole Miss last week.
“This game we have every year with Tennessee is very special and means a lot to our fans,” Saban said. “It means a lot to me, and our staff, and our players.
The Volunteers have very experienced skill players on offense and a defensive unit that is much improved from last year’s squad, according to Saban.
RYAN KELLY WILL RETURN
Starting center Ryan Kelly should be available to play against Tennessee according to Saban. Kelly was injured in a loss at Ole Miss and missed games against Arkansas and Texas A&M. Right tackle Austin Shepherd, who went down against Texas A&M, will be limited in practice today, but should be available to play in the game Saturday at Tennessee.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Linebackers Reuben Foster and Dillon Lee were named special teams Players of the week versus A&M. Running back T.J. Yeldon and left guard Arie Koundjio earned offensive honors, while linebackers Ryan Anderson and Reggie Ragland represented the defense.
ALABAMA IN THE NEWS
Alabama is looking like a title contender again but still has tough SEC games ahead.