12 November 2008
It was a windy, chilly and slightly rainy afternoon in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban donned a Nike sweatshirt on top of his usual Bama golf shirt during and after practice.
As usual, Tyler Love and Barrett Jones were in black jerseys. I know we've said it before, but barring some catastrophic injury situation, they both redshirt.
Earl Alexander was still haunted by a sore shoulder, and Roy Upchurch worked, but wore the black jersey. Both are considered questionable for the game on Saturday. Upchurch has been plagued with neck spasms the entire season, and had another flare-up in pre-game warm-ups at LSU.
If form follows, Alexander will be back on the field. Saban's comments about Terry Grant seemed to indicate that he didn't expect Upchurch to play.
Saban observed that Grant has worked hard and should get a chance to be rewarded for that work this week, stepping in for Upchurch.
Insert usually game week drivel about how good the opponent is in all areas. Don't kid yourself. Nick Saban knows this, with the possible exception of Western Kentucky, is as bad a team as we've played all season.
Saban noted that Javier Arenas didn't get shouted at after the fumble. He also pointed out he didn't yell at Leigh Tiffin after he "kicked it 10 feet off the ground and they blocked it either, because he might have to go back out there again."
Saban talked about "getting on" the players:
There's not many guys on this team that hadn't been gotten on, so there aren't many who don't know how to handle it. If you can't take me getting on you, you've got no business being out there. Because if you get beat in front of 95,000 people, that's going to be a little more difficult for you than anything I'm going to say to you. If you can manage me getting on you, then I'm probably not going to get on you anymore.
He followed that by telling the press room "I've been trying to tell you the same thing, but it doesn't seem to work."
Thursday and Friday's workouts are closed. We'll be back with more as we get it.
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