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Coach's Take: Alabama
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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 23:07

An overview of Alabama…

We look forward to preparing for this next opponent.  Very talented Nick Saban, who coaches in Alabama, does a great job there.  They are well prepared.  They've allowed few points and they are a team that's given up 10 points or less, 280 yards.  They are a very difficult team to move the ball on the ground against and they're a press coverage on the perimeter.  So we recognize it will be a great challenge to our offense.  Their offense with A.J. McCarron averaging 41 points, 460 yards, 210 rushing and 250 yards passing.  Again, I think A.J. McCarron is a great, within‑the‑scheme play maker.  I think he sees it.  He makes all the throws.  I think he's a tremendous leader and they have quality running backs in T.J. Yeldon.  I think they are nine players with at least one touchdown reception, so there's balance in their offense. In teams, they've returned a punt for a touchdown and a kickoff for a touchdown.  Their punter is averaging 46.4.  They have missed two field goals.  They are a very, very talented team, very prepared.

 

On the Alabama rivalry…

I look forward to preparing against them.  I can tell you that our guys are in college football for these kind of games.  We look forward to playing in them.  It's a great opportunity for all.  Any time you line up against Alabama, there's a rivalry.  There's national prestige.  And the want to make plays against a very quality opponent is there.  I think the greatest compliment that we can pay an opponent is our best efforts, and certainly Alabama will get that.

 

On the battle at the line of scrimmage…

In any game and really in every game, there is a point of ‑‑ you know, your defensive front must, you know, take the line of scrimmage.  Your offensive front must take the line of scrimmage. This will be a great challenge.  Alabama has got a great style of play.  And certainly on offense, they are a very talented offensive line as well.  So yeah, these games many times are won in the trenches.  Sometimes you can see it and sometimes you can't.

 

On Alabama week…

What it's like is just a little more energy in the step of your team, their attention to detail is greater.  Their attention to watching film and extra time is something that they put in.  And yeah, I enjoy it very much.  I've always enjoyed the competition with some of the better teams in the this country and certainly Alabama is that.

 

On Zach Mettenberger’s play…

Yeah, I think our quarterback has to play well.  I think we have to have balance, both run and pass, so that it becomes something that he can do routinely or without having to make great plays.  And I think that it'll always be balance that allows us to really have the best quarterback play.

 

On the Alabama defense…

I think they have real comfort in how they play defense.  I think there's a team that can communicate with signals and a team that really puts themselves in an optimal position. I think defensively ‑‑ you know, for a (indiscernible) defense, they build a flat line, a flat wall.  They are very good.

 

On LSU’s wide outs against Alabama’s corners…

We like the matchup.  We think that we kind of give them some challenges on the perimeter.  We got a quarterback, first of all, that can make the throw and several receivers that can get open in space. Again, once who we're playing, they are a very good team, but we think there is a matchup there that benefits us.

 

On the BCS National Championship game not being as close as others…

I think each game that you play in an opponent, even though it's the same opponent or different games, I think they use their strength.  We use ours.  They used A.J. McCarron to start that game out offensively in a series of throws.  We don't see that necessarily being their tack, but then again it could be.  It's kind of what they did at that their place several years before. So we've watched it.  We're preparing for their best.  And whatever order they call it, I think we'll ready for.  Every time you play an opponent, it's a different year.  Same opponent, even same guys, but rightfully a different year.

 

On studying what Texas A&M did to Alabama’s defense and emulating it…

There are some things to learn there.  It is a much different personality.  A quarterback that can pull it down and go for 50 is an unusual weapon.  You can see some of the throws and some of the spots there where we've studied some.

 

On running backs T.J. Yeldon and Jeremy Hill…

He's a big back that has nice touch, good vision.  And to me, again, very talented back. I kind of like our guy personally.  I think our guy has a similar ability as Yeldon.  But our guy seems to wear purple and gold, and I kind of favor those guys.

 

On being the underdog…

I can tell you that this team does not take on an underdog's mentality.  It's a team that really feels like it can play with any.  And so I don't know that we use it as motivation.  It's certainly not been something that ‑‑ any rallying cry that we wanted to make.  I can just tell you that we look forward to playing.

 

On Alabama’s blitz packages…

It kind of depends on the down and distance that you're in.  I think there is a premium down and distance for every defense.  I think when they get into that position, they've done a great job in defining the style of blitz that they want to bring.  I think it challenges your protection best and you have to execute.  If you execute, you will have an opportunity to make a play.  But again, they do a very good job there.

 

On conserving energy in practice while anticipating the game…

I think we’ve done that. I think there’s a lot of energy in this building, and I think there’s some readiness.

 

On the team’s response to a bye week…

We’re a little faster, a little healthier. We kind of needed (the bye) to be honest with you.

 

On the balance between putting in new wrinkles during a bye and improving old strengths…

You are who you are, and where you can change and still use your strengths, that’s what you try to do. You offset tendencies, but you still want to use your strengths. That being said, any kind of tendency breaker has to be with that in mind.

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