Warmack named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
On the heels of a dominating win to open conference play, Alabama head coach Nick Saban met with reporters on Monday to preview the Tide’s game against Florida Atlantic and wrap up discussion about the victory over Arkansas.
“After watching the film, I was really pleased with some of the areas that we made progress in as a team at Arkansas. I thought we competed well in the game in a tough circumstance, being on the road and in not good weather conditions,” Saban said. “We knew that we would have to persevere. There was an emotional surge in the beginning of the game. I thought as the game went on we played better and better, which was good that we could keep our poise and stay focused.
“I still think we always see things that we can improve on. We probably had a few too many penalties in all areas. We still need to continue to work on developing some kind of consistency in some areas of our game.”
Warmack recognized for great performance, coaching staff names players of the week
Chance Warmack, the Tide’s stellar senior left guard, has had a brilliant career during his time at Alabama. Warmack worked on the Alabama line that helped the Eddie Lacy and the rest of the Alabama running backs rush for 225 yards against Arkansas. In addition, Warmack and the rest of the offensive line did not allow a sack after allowing six against Western Kentucky.
His performance was recognized on Monday as he was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Arkansas.
“It’s all about improvement. We looked at the game last week, and we said we could do a lot better than that,” Warmack said on Monday. “We came in the following week and worked really hard in order to execute the way that we needed to. I guess it paid off on Saturday.”
Linebacker Adrian Hubbard was also listed as an “honorable mention” by the SEC for his performance against Arkansas.
During Monday’s press conference, head coach Nick Saban announced the team’s best players of the week chosen by the Alabama coaching staff.
“Players of the week on offense were Eddie Lacy and Chance Warmack. Chance was also the SEC (Offensive) Lineman of the Week,” said Saban. “On defense, it was Adrian Hubbard and C.J. Mosley and special teams was Cade Foster and Dee Hart.”
Tide preparing for another test against Florida Atlantic
Two weeks ago Nick Saban noted that the Tide’s home opener against Western Kentucky was going to be a much tougher game than most people expected it to be. He stressed that the Hilltoppers deserved respect just as much as any other team that Alabama plays. On Monday, Saban’s tune was exactly the same when speaking about Alabama’s next opponent, Florida Atlantic.
“We respect every team that we play. Carl Pelini, who is a very good coach, has done a good job with this team (Florida Atlantic),” Saban said. “They are much improved relative to where they were a year ago. I think the way they played against Georgia last week sort of shows that.”
“The guys play hard, and they are well coached. We certainly need to respect them and focus on what we need to do to improve as a team,” Saban added.
For the first time this season, the Crimson Tide managed to escape a game without any major injuries. Through the first two weeks of the season, the Tide endured injuries to senior Jesse Williams, junior Dee Milliner and lost running back Jalston Fowler for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
“We don’t really have any personnel issues or injuries,” Saban stated. “We have guys that are bruised up like you always do on Monday but nothing that is of any significance that we need to talk about.”
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