Bama fans bring high hopes to SEC Media Days

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The Crimson Tide will have to reload this season, losing multiple All-Americans to graduation and the NFL.

On Wednesday, many fans heard the tagline for the first time in 2017 when Saban said it at Southeastern Conference Media Days, but it wasn't the first time players have heard it.

It'll be a huge test for the Crimson Tide and the Seminoles.

His success at Alabama has brought him riches that National Football League coaches are envious of, and there seems to be no ceiling for the generosity of the Crimson Tide Foundation, which paid him more than $3 million for his home on the condition he still live there for free. Georgia has the next best record at 20-12.

Saban closed his answer by praising the positives of what football does for young people.

Overall, Saban has been pleased with the work put in by his new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll.

"And, you know, that - without question, for what Nick has done and what that program has done, they were ahead of the curve a long time ago with how they approach things, and I think, you know, that was - has basically been the model of the people you tried to follow". "I can't give you the details and everything".

Saban and Alabama almost won a fifth national title in eight years last January, a truly remarkable run in this era of college sports. Even with true freshman Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones coming in, Hurts has a firm hold on the starting job. But when asked about the competitive balance in the league, Saban said there's still a lot of parity in conference play. Seven defenders total were taken in the first four rounds of the draft. Saban cited "defensive identity" as his top concern.

"We're always trying to self-assess to see what we need to do to get better", Saban said, a chilling thought.

Alabama won its eight SEC regular-season games and the conference title game vs. Florida last season by an average of 25 points during a 14-1 season, its sixth in a row with two or fewer losses.

"I just want to see Nick Saban", said Paige Braswell. "That gives you the passion to be able to sustain the season and the hard times so you can be able to bounce back". Kiffin is out and dabble is in - expects maybe more of a vertical passing game or more of a typical pro style less bubble screens less on the perimeter. Can anyone in the SEC catch 'Bama?

"It came out of the blue", Stoops said.

Hurts seems to have all the help he needs in game-breaking wide receiver Calvin Ridley, running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough and three returning offensive line starters. The Tribune has attended Media Days for17 of the last 20 years. "That one can take its toll on you", Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said of the Alabama game. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson's late-game heroics cemented his place in the history books. Odom said Crockett handled that punishment well and has to be ready for an even bigger role in 2017.

"There's nobody right now that's doing it better when you look at the longevity of his program, what he has done, how he has built it", Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "I do understand this, they're right now at the top". It was a bit of a shock, to be honest with you. Saban has never experienced defeat in a season opener, undefeated in 10 years, but the 2007 game does not count due to NCAA sanctions.

Florida coach Jim McElwain, similar to Ed Orgeron did not much care for discussing the Alabama 'gap.' It was not that Coach Mac diminished the existence of the gap, but he had little interest in elaborating.

"The biggest sign in our building says 'No excuses, '" he said. He once reached out to an Alabama student from Arkansas who was ill, and she had nothing to do with football. He showed last season that he can play corner as well as safety.



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