Nick Saban Not Especially Pleased

Coach Nick Saban talked of practice and confusing the players as the team endures the heat preparing for the season opener against Western Carolina.

"We pushed through three good work days this week, got some good work done for our opponents down the road, which I think will be beneficial," he said. "It probably confused the players right now, but we'll probably be better off come game week. We'll probably do one more day of things like that, then Saturday we'll begin to prepare of Western Carolina in the season-opener."

"I wasn't especially pleased with the way we practiced today. We practiced really well today, then today we probably didn't have as much intensity, as much energy as we'd like to have. I think everybody can learn something from this. It's probably all in how you think."

"There's an event that you have, which our event today was practice. Then there's a perception of how everything is going to be. You can get a pretty little girl and take her to a movie and get a great perception of the movie, the movie theater, the girl and the time you had and all that."

"Or you can say, ‘it's practice, it's hot, I'm tired and I'm sore. I don't want to do anything today because I've hit for two straight days, and I really don't want to do it anymore.' What happens? You fill your head with negative thoughts. You don't think positive things. And all of a sudden, things aren't going the way you want them to go. And things start to pile up in a negative direction, where you don't want them to go. That's kind of a lesson, I think, to all of us, in terms of being positive with what we're doing, and what the events in our life are, so we can go out and continue to give our best effort and improve."

"That's how you become a consistent player; that's how you become a consistent performer. That's how you get consistency in performance so that you can be successful. And today was one of those days that we struggled in that regard. I'm sure when we watch the film, it won't be quite as bad as we thought it was."

"I would really like players to have more positive thoughts about practice, have fun in practice, look forward to how they can improve in practice, and how we can play better in games, have more positive thoughts rather than the difficulty of it all."

"Everybody that's practicing football right now is going through the same circumstances that our team is. It's not like we're doing something different. It's just part of being a football player, and it's special. It's a special game for special people."

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the players for what they do, but I still think we need to be able to do it more consistently."

"Baron Huber got a little thigh bruise yesterday. He's probably going to be out a day or two. He's day-to-day. It's not bad. Our kickers are getting a little bit leg-weary, so we gave them the day off today. We worked on some kicking-game stuff, but we worked on the JUGS gun to do that. Jamie's making some progress, but he's still day-to-day."

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