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Does rising Tide lift all SEC's boats — ZACK KLEMME

14 Julio 2017, 12:58 | Verda Sainz

It was highly unlikely that Butch Jones was going to come into his media session on Monday and name which quarterback had the edge in the battle to replace Josh Dobbs. When you lose, everybody's much more... the mindset is much more 'i'm willing to change... what could we have done better'... our players realize that.

Coach O gushed about the new exciting rivalry with the Florida Gators. The Crimson Tide demolished Florida 54-16 in the SEC championship contest but struggled offensively in a 24-7 dumping of Washington in the Peach Bowl national semifinal.

"You just can't wait for the first game so this gets you in the mood", said Johnnie Stillwell. So it'll be up to the teams that have averaged a three-touchdown whipping from Alabama to find a way to hang with the Tide. A few minutes later, things completely fell a part for the Aggies. From the moment he arrived Wednesday morning in a black SUV flanked by police motorcycles, Saban was the unquestioned focus of attention, his every step in this interview blitz followed by a surrounding horde.

On Tuesday, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told The Advocate that the league was considering moving SEC Media Days and that cities like Nashville, Dallas and Atlanta were potential hosts. "We're all trying to catch up to Alabama". "We feel fortunate every day that we have this opportunity". That's where we sit today, and that's where we'll be. But there's reason to believe the Tigers will be improved this fall.

When Nick Saban and Alabama appear at SEC Media Days, everything is amped up to another level - from the number of reporters packing the standing-room-only main hall, to the number of fans clutching replica helmets and jerseys in the lobby downstairs, to the buzz in the building. "Personally I've never seen him before".

Saban's frustration was the only storm brewing near The Wynfrey Hotel on Wednesday. "They're right now at the top and it's up to the rest of us to go get them". "He has built it around who he is and how he sees football, and that's extremely important". When you do both, that's when you got something special.

Hurts became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama since Vince Sutton in 1984.

"You always learn from a loss, and if you don't, then that's on you", Fitzpatrick said. The Alabama defense has traditional been so good that it frankly didn't matter who stood under center.

"We hear that we're not the same Alabama anymore because we lost to Clemson", Ridley said. Can Auburn fly high with the addition of former Baylor signal caller Jarrett Stidham, a rising star with Kentucky roots. His representatives in Hoover were crystal clear on the mission at hand. Derek Dooley, who was also on Saban's staff at LSU and in the NFL, went 15-21 overall in three forgettable seasons at Tennessee. His teammates said he's not resting on his laurels. "It just fun to be able to experience all the different atmosphere. how people react to their team", said Helton.

It's Nick Saban and Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ed. He did a great job of recruiting at Ole Miss and they had successful teams after he left because of the recruiting that he did. It's about the whole machine. It's kind of like Napoleon being exiled to Elba, but with a state-funded pension plan.

Although he's young, Alabama returns starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, the All-SEC quarterback and SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 as a freshman.

Saban then exited stage right, back into the cameras, cell phones and Crimson Tide fans waiting for Saban 5:17 to manifest.

Said Bozeman: "It's been a grinder".

Nick Saban can be anal-retentive to the point of obnoxiousness.

A sweet but distant memory for Hogs fans, and their last of beating Saban.

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