Saban impressed with Freeze, Ole Miss

QUICK HITS: Alabama coach Nick Saban said Ole Miss has improved and is a completely different team under new head coach Hugh Freeze, plus other notes from today's press conference.

1. Head coach Nick Saban said that Ole Miss is a "much, much, much improved team" under new coach Hugh Freeze.

"They have been very impressive," Saban said. "The no-huddle style is a little bit like Auburn used to be with Gus Malzahn."

He went on to compliment quarterback Bo Wallace and said he's effective with the zone-read, and described the Rebels defense as quick and athletic.

"This is a team that's a completely different team," he said.

2. The only injury to report is nose guard Brandon Ivory, who sprained his ankle against Florida Atlantic. Saban said he is "day-to-day" and will not practice today.

3. The coaching staff has named linebacker C.J. Mosley a Player of the Week every week of this season. So far he's had 29 tackles, 14 for loss, one-and-a-half sacks and an interception that he returned for a touchdown against Michigan.

"He's very athletic, fast, instinctive," Saban said. "He's learned since he's been here to fit the run a little better and does a good job…With all the spread-out formations that we've played against to this point, he's had a lot of opportunities to make plays and he's made a lot of plays."

4. Alabama hasn't faced any adversity this season. The Tide is about to get back into SEC play, so does Saban worry that his team doesn't have the experience of digging itself out of any holes yet this year?

"If they've never been in a situation, I guess you don't really know how they're going to respond," he said. "I think it's about poise and confidence and just continuing to play in the game."

5. Ten true freshmen have seen playing time and Saban said they will continue to develop those that have played.

"I think if a guy hasn't played to this point, we probably don't really plan to play them," he said. "But we may not have the luxury to do that. I think that we continue to try to develop all the players that are freshmen and if we get injuries or have an issue or a problem depth-wise, we may have to play someone else who we thought wouldn't need to play."


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