Fresh faces likely to see action for Tide Saturday
You can bet everyone in the Alabama camp is gonna say Colorado State is yet another quality opponent on the Crimson Tide’s 2013 schedule.
Fact is, though, no one is gonna confuse Colorado State with the likes of Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.
Toss in the fact that there were some guys last Saturday — particularly on defense — who didn’t do what they were told to do during Alabama’s 49-42 shootout win over Texas A&M, and the potential is there for some fresh, young faces to see action this Saturday against what on paper is an overmatched Rams squad.
“I would say we’ve got some younger players who deserve an opportunity to play, and we’re going to look at them in practice, and we’re going to give some guys an opportunity to play,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said this week. “I’m very encouraged by some of the young guys that we have. We tried to play the more experienced guys especially in these first two games. Everybody’s had an opportunity.”
Both to please the coaches and disappoint them as well.
“It’s like we’d do at any position,“ Saban said. “We did it with the offensive line after the first game, and guys competed better. Now guys need to compete better. And it’s not just the corners. The safeties weren’t where they were supposed to be in the game some too. If you’re supposed to be in the middle of the field, you’re supposed to be in the middle of the field — not over on the other side of the field … All those things need to get fixed.”
And if coaches feel like a player can’t or won’t fix his mistakes, they’re not afraid to fix the problem by replacing that player. It’s not like
Alabama — which has been hauling in top-five recruiting classes for several years now — doesn’t have big-time talent stockpiled on its bench.
“Nobody has a right of passage here just because you played in two games last year — thinking I‘m guaranteed my job,” Saban said. “If you do the right things and play well, no one gets your job.”
Injuries, too, may provide some opportunities for younger guys Saturday. Saban said Wednesday that senior cornerback Deion Belue is making progress but is still considered day-to-day.
“We have five corners — John Fulton, Bradley Sylve, Cyrus Jones and two freshmen — and we’re allowing all those guys to compete and at the end of the week we’ll see which one of those guys can play the best and those are the guys we’ll put out there in the game,” Saban said.
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