Quick Hits: Saban familiar with Michigan's OC

Alabama head coach NIck Saban knows what he's up against in Michigan's offensive since their offensive coordinator Al Borges coached at Auburn several years ago.

Five quick hits from Alabama's press conference Wednesday.

1. No new injuries to report heading into this weekend against Michigan. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that running back Eddie Lacy (sprained ankle, knee), backup center Ryan Kelly (ankle) and wide receiver Amari Cooper (foot) all practiced and are "ready to play."

2. The Tide is going to do their walkthrough in Tuscaloosa, not at Cowboys Stadium. Saban said he is going to take his team to the stadium early so they can get the lay of the land, though.

"I've been there before but I think it would be good that they have an opportunity to do that," he said. "Pretty much we [always] do our walkthrough here, so that's what we plan to do."

3. Saban is familiar with how Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges runs things. Borges, who has coached alongside Brady Hoke since 2009 at San Diego State, is a former Auburn assistant and while with the Tigers, he was part of a team that went undefeated in the Alabama-Auburn game four years in a row (2004-07).

Saban coached the Tide only one of those seasons, but knows what he's up against in a Borges offense.

"He did a really good job with a lot of shifts and motions, tries to give you a lot of new looks that maybe confuses your players, but not really doing anything to confuse his players because they end up running the same plays. They try to out-flank you and use formation shifts and motions to do that," he said.

Saban added: "They've done a really good job utilizing their quarterback [Denard Robinson]. He's a pretty dynamic player and they certainly feature things that he can do, but still keep the other elements in the offense that keep you guessing."

4. Safety Vinnie Sunseri's family is going to be quite busy this weekend. Vinnie will of course be starting against Michigan Saturday night at 7 p.m., his dad, former Alabama assistant and current Tennessee defensive coordinator, has a game against N.C. State Saturday, and his brother Tino, who plays quarterback at Pittsburgh will kickoff against Youngstown State.

Vinnie said that his mom is coming to his game though.

"I won this one," he said. "I told her the rest of the ones she has to go see Tino because it's his senior year."

5. Linebacker Trey DePriest said Blake Sims has done a great job simulating Robinson as the scout team quarterback.

"Blake's known for his little shifty moves and he's already quick, so he's done real well in practice," he said.

DePriest said having Sims has been helpful in preparation, but the one thing he does differently than Robinson is Sims keeps his shoelaces tied.


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