Highlights from Nick Saban and Hugh Freeze on the SEC teleconference.
Saban announced that backup free safety Nick Perry, a senior, is out for the game with a shoulder injury that will require surgery. He also missed the Colorado State game.
Here’s what Saban had to say about Ole Miss:
(Comparing Ole Miss offense to Texas A&M)
“Ole Miss runs a lot of spread formation. Ole Miss has a very good run game. A&M was more about zone quarterback runs. Ole Miss runs a lot of sweeps, a lot of perimeter plays and a lot of play-action off their run game. The two offenses, even though their formations are similar, their philosophies are not the same. What both teams do is particularly effective for the players they have.”
(On Jeff Scott)
“We think he is a fantastic player with great speed. He’s instinctive. He’s a good receiver, and he runs the ball extremely well on the perimeter. It’s difficult to simulate the speed of their offense especially running the perimeter plays. He’s an outstanding running back as well as a great punt returner.”
We’re excited about this great opportunity. They’re the gold standard of college football the last few years. You get to go and stand toe to toe with them and find out where you are in the journey. It’s a tall task, we know that, but we’re excited about that task. Hopefully we can find a way to compete and not shoot ourselves in the foot against a great team like Alabama.
(On Denzel Nkemdiche)
Nkemdiche went through all of Tuesday’s practice. Freeze said there was very little swelling on the knee this morning. That’s a good sign, an optimistic sign for Nkemdiche to make his return this weekend at Alabama.
(What do you see in Alabama?)
Watching them on tape, it hasn’t changed much. You see a team that is very very disciplined, that does not dget out of position. They understand what is asked of them, and they play hard and physical. The plays they’ve given up this season, their players are in the right spot but maybe lost a one-on-one battle and gave up a big play.
(On Texas A&M comparisons)
“Really, we don’t take hardly anything away from it, because we’re just so different in what we try to do. After tempo there’s really not a lot that is similar. We didn’t take a lot from that.”
(On Alabama secondary)
The young kids he’s played are extremely talented. Knowing coach Saban, he expects perfection from that unit and gets a lot of it. I expect his older kids to be ready to go. Even if the younger ones are in there it’s not like you look at them athletically and say we can win that battle all the time. Certainly we feel like Donte can win some one-on-ones, and Ja-Mes can win some. Hopefully we can win our share of those. Mike Evans (Texas A&M) is a phenomenal receiver, and he won a lot of battles. It’s hard for me to take a lot confidence from that just because a player like that made a lot of plays.”