Bama Emphasizes Making Corrections

You mean there's no app for that? Alabama Coach Nick Saban talked about his team's preparation this week, pointing out, "There's no switch you can turn on when the game comes."

The Alabama football team held a two-hour session on Wednesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it continued to prepare for its upcoming game against North Texas. The Crimson Tide and Mean Green will face off on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CDT in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised by Fox Sports South.

There may be an expectation that Alabama, ranked second in the nation, would not have to prepare very hard for North Texas, which has lost its first two games, to Florida International by 41-16 and to Houston by 48-23. That, of course, is not in the mind of Nick Saban.

What we've tried to emphasize this week is getting better as a team," Saban said. "Sort of eliminating some of the issues and problems and things that definitely need correcting.

"I think the players have worked hard this week to try to do that. As coaches we're never satisfied with what we get out of players. It's been a little hot the last two days. They've been trying to push through it, trying to get it right.

"But I think the most important thing is you want to create good habits in the way you practice and have the mental toughness to know that you need to persevere in practice, develop good habits, do things the right way.

"That's really important for all players, individually and collectively as a team and as units. You want to start fast, finish strong, be able to play for 60 minutes in a game, and compete to a high level and play to your standard. That's something you have to do all the time and that's what we try to do in practice.

"I think we started to get it in practice this week, but about halfway through we struggled a bit to persevere and finish. But that's not a negative. It means the players are working hard to try to work through it.

"We'll probably go inside tomorrow (Thursday) and try to get it back a little bit. It's supposed to cool off in the next couple of days, so hopefully that will help our practice get back.

"The only injury we have is Chris Jordan. There's nothing else to report from that standpoint."

Earlier in the day, senior safety Mark Barron was named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week following his performance in Alabama's 27-11 win at Penn State. Barron accumulated seven total tackles in addition to an interception and fumble recovery. He was also named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts versus the Nittany Lions.

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