Nick Saban at South team practice

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban was in Mobile Tuesday, January 21 for the Senior Bowl’s South team practice at Ladd Stadium, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Saban annually attends a Senior Bowl practice, normally on the Monday of the bowl game week. This year, because of Monday’s holiday, Saban changed his day trip to Mobile.

“I think it’s great that the NFL has this event in the state of Alabama. It’s great for Mobile, football is really important to us in our state and this is an area of the state that has always had great football.”

FOX10 Sports went to the Senior Bowl South practice and spoke to Saban about multiple topics surrounding his former players and future players for next season.

Recently, Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood told the media that Alabama will bring in a quarterback from Florida State. Reports have said that the FSU quarterback will be Mobile native and St. Paul’s graduate Jacob Coker.

“Not really because he’s a recruitable guy now so we can’t talk about anyone that we might be recruiting,” Saban said.

Saban also commented that he did talk to AJ McCarron about not playing in the Senior Bowl. He stated that a tired arm could be a reason why McCarron opted out of the game.

“I think every player has to make a decision when they leave about what they think is best for their future. I know that because he’s from here, a lot people would like to see him in the game but I think that some players when they get finished with the season they’re tired, I think AJ probably had a tired arm. He certainly did a great job for us and just thought that it might be better for him to rest and get ready for the combine. And I’m sure he’s got a lot of good professional people giving him that advice and he made that decision, I know there’s a lot of people disappointed in that, it’s obviously great for us at the Univeristy of Alabama as a program to see our players participate in this game. So we would have loved to see AJ participate in this game and I think this is how our fans and supporters will look at it. Also – want to support AJ and the things that are right for him and his future and so he has the opportunity to be successful at the next level.”

Saban said he’s glad to be back in Mobile. He stated that being in this area is very crucial to his recruiting because a lot of a great talent comes from the Mobile area.

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