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September 19, 2014
We don't know what Blake Sims can be until he goes up against one of those great defenses . . . Birmingham News
It's never personal with me when it comes to the opponent," Saban said. "I never try to make it personal. We compete against each other and we're still friends . . .
"They have a real big O-line that knows what they are doing. They push people around, so we have to know what we are doing up front . . .
Hargreaves and Brian Poole will cover Cooper on Saturday and he's looking forward to the competition . . .
Though the conference opener comes months before the games that directly determine Alabama's postseason fate, they've often foreshadowed what's to come . . .
The confidence that he's gained and the way he's played. The leader that he's become and how he's affected his teammates and how they trust and believe in him . . .
Saban said, "This is one of those games that I think a lot of players look forward to" if they are great competitors . . .
Cooper lets his play do the talking. Through three games, the junior leads the nation in receptions (33) and yards after catch (245) . . .
Alabama typically has good success in its SEC openers under head coach Nick Saban and the game being in Tuscaloosa certainly is an advantage . . .
The momentous task for Florida on Saturday is how to handle Alabama on both lines of scrimmage . . .
Alabama and Florida feature two of the best defenses in the nation over the past five years . . .
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Coker has taken both of the sacks while Blake Sims, who has started all three games and received the lion's share of snaps, has been barely dropped to the ground . . .
A huge group of the top in-state talent is expected to be in Tuscaloosa this weekend when Alabama faces SEC foe Florida . . .
Nine water stations throughout Bryant-Denny Stadium will be open to fans, the school announced Thursday . . .
Both Alabama and Florida will look to use its versatile running attacks to offset the lack of a diverse passing game, but Alabama has more weapons in both categories . . .
Since Florida likes to spread the field with three and four receivers, the loss of Perry creates a domino effect . . .
This is also his chance to play the game that allows the fickle Gator Nation to warm up to him . . .
Robinson also became the first Gator to have two straight 100-yard games since Jabar Gaffney in 2001 . . .
Saban's Press conference (Video) . . .
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Senior wide receiver DeAndrew White has been a full participant in practice throughout the week . . .
I feel like it just clicked when we came out. We got fast and just started running the ball . . .
Receivers Christion Jones and Chris Black must get open more so quarterback Blake Sims can find them, and Saban wants to use the tight ends more . . .
We wanted to get the practice reps that we needed to get, but not wear the players out and come out of practice with three or four guys that are zapped out this close to the game . . .
Brown is in line for his most playing time yet Saturday against Florida . . .
"We're going to play Blake and we'll always evaluate and see how it goes," coach Nick Saban said . . .
With Will Muschamp on the hot seat and a retooled offense under new coordinator Kurt Roper, all eyes have been on the Gators' every offensive move so far . . .
Watch Nick Saban stress the challenge the Tide faces in the visiting Florida Gators (Video) . . .
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Will," Saban said. "He did a great job for us when he worked for us . . .
Next up in Alabama's revolving door of cornerbacks? Five-star freshman Tony Brown . . .
Driskel has carried the ball only seven times for 24 yards in two games . . .
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