What does Nick Saban think of his team’s efforts after Alabama’s victory over Ole Miss? The coach was proud.
It doesn’t matter what Alabama did against the Ole Miss. LSU’s victory over Arkansas eliminated Crimson Tide from contention at SEC West.
That’s not to say the tide had nothing to play for on Saturday against the Ole Miss. Nick Saban’s team can’t win the SEC but they can still improve from week to week and finish their season strong. To do this, they needed to finish the match against the powerful Rebels. And that’s what they did.
Alabama overcame an early 10-0 deficit to claim the Ole Miss MVP, 30-24. Saban credited his team for their efforts.
Nick Saban at the post-match press conference: “We’ve taken a step in the right direction.”
“It was a tough night in many ways but a great night for us because I think we took a step in the right direction as a football team and I’m really proud of our guys for the way they competed in the game,” Saban said.
The coach appreciated the way Bryce Young handled the game while attacking line and full-back Jesse McClellan rose to the occasion in the second half. He was also pleased with the way the defense responded, keeping the Ole Miss by one score in the last two quarters.
McClellan needed to play a bigger role because junior Jammer Gibbs twisted his ankle.
Crimson Tide lost another key player during the match as cornerback Eli Rex was knocked out early. Saban confirmed that he was hit in the head.
After those early setbacks, Saban saw Young’s relegation to Cameron Lato with eight seconds remaining in the first half as a turning point in the game. He felt his team was playing better after that point by conveying messages from the coaching staff to the heart.
“No one talked about the score in the first half which is exactly what we want because the whole focus in this match we had to play one at a time for the 60 minutes of the match. Nobody looks at the scoreboard and they competed like that,” Saban said.
Now that the Ole Miss is out of the way, Alabama will move to play Austin Peay before finishing the regular season against rival Auburn.
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