Saban on McCarron: "He's a perfectionist"

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is hard on himself and hates to make mistakes. He's a perfectionist, according to Nick Saban. But those are things that have helped him evolve as a player and a leader.

A.J. McCarron is a perfectionist.

At least that's what Alabama head coach Nick Saban called him Thursday. And probably on several other occasions, too.

That can be a good thing, or a bad thing, but when you're the quarterback of a perennial power in the SEC, it's definitely the former.

"He loves football. He's a great competitor. He wants to do well. He wants to make plays. He wants to be a leader. He wants his unit to do well," Saban said. "Every play that doesn't work in practice, you can see him kicking the sand or whatever with his gestures. He always bounces back for the next play."

These qualities, Saban believes, are what make McCarron invaluable to this team.

"He really has developed into a really, really good leader in terms of how he affects other people," Saban said. "People always ask, ‘How do you sustain? You've been doing this for 30-something years.' Well, that's never the question. It's how you're driven to be who you are. I would be this way if I were still pumping gas at my dad's service station. It's just the way you are and that's the way AJ is."

Keeping it loose

Eddie Lacy's personality could probably best be described as bubbly. Though that may not be a characteristic to describe a person who has a raspy voice and blasts through defensive lines, it's true.

The guy smiles a lot and has a sense of humor, and though behind the scenes says he doesn't like to be interviewed by the media, he's always cracking jokes and keeping it light. (One could assume that he secretly likes interview sessions.)

Some say Lacy is one of the funnier guys on the team, and that's easy to picture, but the running back disagrees.

"I wouldn't say one of the funniest, because [wide receiver] Christion Jones is actually one of the funniest dudes on the team," Lacy said. "But I have my moments."

Amidst the hot and humid grind of fall camp, every team needs guys to keep things light. He says he has a list of jokes, but called it "random" and couldn't explain. He also mentioned that Jones does great impressions, his best being tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Bobby Williams.

On the flip side, Lacy said that the most serious guy on the team is linebacker Nico Johnson.

"But I guess that just comes with the defense mentality," he said. "You have to be serious to play defense."

Defensive depth

After losing so many players to the NFL, there's one spot Saban knows where he can find depth and a lot of it.

"I think the one place on our team where we have some depth is defensive line," he said.

Saban listed off guys like Quinton Dial, Damion Square, Ed Stinson, Jesse Williams, Jeoffrey Pagan and D.J. Pettway, then asked if he forgot anybody.

As far as the younger linemen go, Saban said that all of the freshmen have the chance to be good and take on larger roles as time goes on.

"I think all have bright futures here," he said. "Every one of them, I think, is going to be pretty good. It's a developmental position."


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