Everything Nick Saban said after Alabama’s 34-0 win over Austin Peay

No. 8 Alabama didn’t exactly dominate Austin Peay on Saturday, but they did enough to knock out the governors 34-0.

After the win, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said he was “really pleased” with his team’s performance at Bryant Denny Stadium.

Coach Saban also noted how the Alabama defense was able to pull off some “key stops” after two turnovers put the governors in extremely good scoring position.

Jase McClellan and Jermaine Burton also received praise from Coach Saban after their excellent performances.

Here’s everything Coach Saban had to say after Alabama’s 34-0 win over Austin Peay.

Opening speech

“I was very happy with the way the team came out and played today. I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage and had over 500 yards of offense overall. They only had 200 meters or something. The defense got some really important stops after we rotated the ball in the red zone a couple of times in the first quarter.

“It’s always great to get a shutout. Would have liked to get more points, but we had to play against a lot of players. I thought Jase McClellan played really well and Burton had a really good day today. And I thought Bryce did a good job.

“All in all, we wanted to build on the momentum that we came back with and played at the end of last week’s game. That’s obviously something I thought we did a good job today. It wasn’t perfect. We had some guys out but others got an opportunity to gain experience and I think that’s probably a good thing for our team.”

About Jase McClellan’s performance

“Jase played well for us last year. Jase was a really good player last year until he got injured. I haven’t found out anything about him. I always thought he was a really good player. I think you guys are just beginning to figure it out.”

On whether it’s skill or mindset for McClellan’s ability to get the hard yards

“I think it’s a combination of both. I think that if people with skills don’t have the right attitude, they will never fulfill the potential of their skills. I think that’s the case with everything each of us does to be the best version of who we want to be, whatever we choose. And Jase is tough. He is physical. he can miss you He’s having an outbreak. He’s a good receiver. He’s a good blocker. So I think it’s a combination of both.”

On his decision to play the starters in the fourth quarter

“I don’t know what would be in the decision to take them out. We try to develop our team further. I want Jalen Milroe to be able to play with good players, so he played a drive with that group and then we used the second team. If that’s the only thing we have to complain about today, I think God has blessed me.”

About the performance of Jermaine Burton

“We had great faith in Jermaine all year and I think he did an excellent job today. It was really important. I think one of the biggest plays in the game was converting the fourth relegation to him early in the game which allowed us to go down and score. But I thought he played outstandingly.”

On the importance of bringing younger players into the game

“I think it’s very important. We want to play as many boys as possible. We played the whole game against a lot of receivers today. We rotated a few people in the game to try and get them experience from the start. Obviously Latu was out so we gained some experience for some other tight ends. With Jahmyr not playing, all running backs had opportunities to play, including 5, 6, 26 and Jase.

“Defensively we attacked a lot of players in some positions, so we didn’t have quite as much depth in some places and we still have a lot of players who had a chance to play. But actually it would be great if we could play even more players.”

That the DB comes up with bugging

“It was good. And we had another opportunity where we could have had one. So we will continue to focus on getting turnovers, but we also have to emphasize ball security. We also had three turnovers – one on special teams, an interception, a fumble. The turnover ratio is so important so it was good to get the turnovers today. I was looking forward to the defenders. I think hopefully that can be contagious for us and we can continue to do that. But also on the other side we have to pay a lot of attention to ball security.”

How Amari Kight Played After Tyler Steen Was Injured

“He did a good job. I thought we really controlled the line of scrimmage better in the second half than in the first. It’s hard to see how the guys are doing from the touchline, but the way we were able to run the ball I thought the offensive line did a really good job.”

How Robbie Ouzts filled in for Cameron Latu at TE

“Robbie was sort of the second guy all year. He played a little more H as the off-the-ball guy than the on-the-ball guy. He is very mature and certainly a very reliable guy. He will always do his job and he does it well. He’s very conscientious and has enough skills to make games when we need him, so it was good to give him plenty of playing time today too.”

Injured players in Alabama

“I don’t have a list in front of me. Do you want to be specific? Who do you want to know from? (Steen) has a twisted ankle. He will be everyday. Gibbs has a twisted ankle. He is scheduled to start training on Monday. Latu has a sprained ankle. He should also start practicing next week. Ricks has released the concussion protocol so I think he can start training on Monday. You have to ask, you have to do your homework. I’m not bringing an injury report here and telling you. You want to know something about a certain guy? I’m happy to pass on the information. But I don’t have an injury report.”

Final words of thanks

“You know how much I appreciate you all. Thank you very much.”

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