SABAN: Showing vs. Ga. State Showed Maturity

Bill Curry back coaching in Tuscaloosa just days before the Alabama-Auburn game. No, Alabama fans, this was not your worst nightmare, it was Alabama vs. Georgia State, and Curry coached the visiting team.



"Their players really played hard," Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said of Curry's Georgia State Panthers. "Coach Curry has done a good job and I wish them well in the future."

Fortunately, however, Saban is still coach of the Crimson Tide and his squad posted a 63-7 victory Thursday night.

Curry said, "I appreciate Alabama letting us come over here as a first year program. That is an extraordinary thing that they did for us. We'll take our lumps and learn from this and go on to the next thing until we can compete like this, however long that takes."

Alabama escaped with no new injuries apparent and now has seven days to prepare for its meeting with Auburn.

"I was very pleased with the way we came out and played," Saban said. "We try to play to a standard and I was pleased with that. Lot of guys got to play. Those who haven't played and have potential to be redshirted were held out."

Coming into the game running back Trent Richardson and offensive lineman Barrett Jones were the two most notable injury situations.

"I think Trent Richardson is good," Saban said. "I think he probably could have played today. Barrett Jones we're trying to keep in a boot to help the healing process. I think he'll be able to play, but we'll know more about that Sunday."

Saban said he'll give his players the day off tomorrow and will hold meetings only on Saturday. Alabama will practice again Sunday in preparation for the regular season finale against Auburn on Friday.

Anthony Steen played on the line Thursday night in place of Jones. Saban said he "didn't see anything glaring wrong" with Steen's play before evaluating the video. Saban said he was "hopeful Barrett can be back, but confident in Anthony."

Asked about the Cam Newton eligibility questions down at Auburn, Saban said Newton was a great player and if you're a competitor you want to play against a great player like Newton.

"It would be a shame for college football if he couldn't play," Saban said. "I don't know much about the situation, don't study it, but we all have an obligation to do things the right way. He's a great player and I'm sure our players will look forward to competing against him."


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