Nick Saban discusses importance of ‘winning habits’ following 2021 A-Day game


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Following the annual Alabama A-Day game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed the media.

The press conference started shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday. This year’s game featured new quarterback Bryce Young and other newcomers as they scrimmaged in front of over 47,000 fans. Young went on to win the game’s MVP honors.

During the press conference, Saban stressed the importance of creating winning habits, as well as removing habits that aren’t productive.

On both sides of the ball, there were numerous starters that were unable to play in the game due to medical reasons. Even with this hurdle, Saban said it was a great opportunity to give some of the other players more experience and get them comfortable with being on the field.

Saban also addressed the team’s mistakes, whether it be dropped balls, turnovers or penalties. He said that all the negatives can be fixed during summer practice.

Young, throwing for 333 yards and one touchdown, impressed the Alabama coach and teammates.

“I think he did a good job today,” Saban said. “We continue to work on him having a presence out there that affects other people in a positive way and I think he’s starting to get more and more respect from the other players by the way he plays.”

Slade Bolden, who caught five passes for 56 yards, had some additional positive feedback for Young.

“I think Bryce has put in a lot of effort this spring in understanding the offense and improving himself and bringing the offense together,” Bolden said.

The Crimson Tide will kick off the season against the University of Miami Sept. 4.

Watch the full press conference here.

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