Five for the road: Nick Saban talks about Alabama's focus, Vinnie Sunseri talks family, Kelly Johnson's dream come true and more
The Alabama coach has liked what he's seen at practice this week.
Alabama coach Nick Saban
and three players stopped by the media room on the final day media availability heading into Saturday's season opener against Michigan.
Five big things stood out above the rest.
1. Kelly Johnson went from high school quarterback, to a player with few scholarships, to an Alabama walk-on long snapper, to an Alabama walk-on special teams player, to Alabama's starting H-back.
- "You never expect it but you dream about getting this opportunity every day, especially when you're a child watching football all your life."
2. Safety Vinnie Sunseri has known Johnson since middle school.
- "I actually watched him when he was growing up and being able to dunk a ball in like seventh grade. He was a freak athlete. I was like, 'Wow, I want to be like Kelly.'"
3. Nick Saban has liked what he's seen from Alabama's last few practices.
“I thought the players have had a really good attitude the last couple of days about preparing for this game. They’ve done a really good job of practicing, good effort, finishing ... This is a great opportunity for the players to play against a great, traditional team like Michigan, who has a very good team and a very challenging team to compete against this year.”(ep)
4. Sophomore linebacker Trey DePriest said he owes a lot to former Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
- "I took everything I could from Dont’a and I’m looking forward to stepping in and playing my role ... The fronts that we have, you’ve got to know where to fit, what’s your gap assignment, how to shuffle stack, when to go downhill hit your guard. He taught me that.”
5. DePriest made it sound like Blake Sims is having a lot of fun playing the role of Denard Robinson in practice.
- “That’s the best guy we have for the job. We call him ‘The chicken’ when he puts that move on. He calls it ‘The chicken.’”