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Nick Saban is ‘excited’ about the chemistry this Alabama team has the potential of having

Nick Saban in his pink suit walking players out of tunnel for A-Day
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Nick Saban could not hide his excitement when it came to discussing certain players during spring practice.

After securing his second undefeated national title at Alabama, he graduated marquee playmakers to the National Football League.

Some are concerned about how the Crimson Tide will look offensively; however, others are prepared to see a fearsome defense take the field in the fall. When he was not talking about COVID-19 vaccinations, name-image-and-likeness, or the explosion of graduate transfers, Saban spoke on the potential chemistry of this year’s Alabama team. He had a first-year starting quarterback in Mac Jones win a national championship, but now the mantle falls on sophomore Bryce Young for a repeat.

“Well, it’s always a working progress but I do think the summer program is where the leadership on the team has the best chance to flourish,” Saban said at the Old Overton Golf course. “The coaches are not always around, so the players have more input. We’ve had our annual leadership on the lake, and I think the players are excited about the opportunities and challenges this season will bring.”

Offensively, names such as Brian Robinson, Evan Neal, Chris Owens, John Metchie, Slade Bolden, and Jahleel Billingsley have to dictate the temperature in the room. Alabama carried a young offense in 2011 and 2015; nevertheless, both groups won a national championship.

It will be intriguing to see how this team stacks up, but it knows the mentality it must have to win consistently.

RELATED: Nick Saban on how Alabama’s handled COVID-19: “We are back to normal.”

The Tide is going after its second repeat since the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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