17 November 2008
Just to clean up the last game, I thought our players did a really good job of competing their way through the game and pushing through the game. The fans and atmosphere were great and I think in helping them to do that. I really appreciate the fans responding the way they did and they had a significant impact on our team’s emotional ability to compete in the game like they did.Drew Davis was named one of the offensive players of the week by the coaching staff for the second consecutive week. Given Bama's problems with pass rush by both LSU and MSU last year, I'd say these were huge, and noteworthy performances by Drew the last two weeks. Let's hope he has another against Auburn. Joining him as players of the week from the coaches are Travis McCall (offense), Rolando McClain and Brandon Deaderick (defense), and Javier Arenas, Rashad Johnson, PJ Fitzgerald, and Leigh Tiffin (special teams). With no game to prepare for this week, the coaches started a little advance scouting on Florida. No, they are not in any way looking past Auburn. The Tide coaches spent time during the pre-season preparing for Auburn because they were on the schedule. Because we didn't know until a week ago that we would be playing Florida, that preparation was not done. Here's how the Coach put it:
I don’t think we do game plans that far in advance. We gather information so that we can make evaluations. We can’t practice against something that’s different if we haven’t never seen it or looked at it, or we haven’t advanced it. If we have an opponent coming up that we didn’t plan to play on our regular schedule then we have to do the due diligence to expose our players to what they need to see in a time like this, if it’s different from what they’ve played, and if it’s not different we don’t mess with it. We knew we would not address it until now, so the due date was today.If you were like me, you found it odd that both Jeramie Griffin and Demetrius Goode got carries in the fourth quarter Saturday, while Terry Grant only saw action on special teams. There was a reason, according to Coach Saban:
He got a thigh bruise on special teams and actually played on special teams. We did not put him in the game as a runner because of that.If anything of note happens in practice this week, we'll let you know.
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