Alabama football: Recapping Texas A&M week ahead of kickoff

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We know there is always a lot of news flying out around Alabama football, so we figured it’d be a good idea to provide you with a spot to catch up on things you might have missed.

No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) travels to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M (4-1, 2-0 SEC) on Saturday at Kyle Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Here are stories, videos and other news and notes you might have missed this week.

Nick Saban’s dad was a savage

If you’ve ever wondered why Nick Saban is the way he is, this clip explains it.

Nick and Terry Saban enjoy downtime when they can get it

Saban and his wife, Terry, don’t get a lot of time together, so when they do, that time has to be maximized.

There isn’t much time during the season, but when they are together, Saban said he and Terry enjoy watching shows on Netflix. The Sabans also work together on a lot of projects. There’s the Nick’s Kids Foundation, which Terry runs. Terry also steps in and helps Alabama in recruiting when necessary.

It’s the offseason when the coach and his wife are able to unplug a little before recruiting picks up.

“In the offseason, we go to our cottage or up to the lake house or whatever. We really do enjoy doing things together there — whether it’s going out to eat. We have a lot of good friends that we spend a lot time with. We take walks, we go for boat rides. Ray-Ray likes to go for boat rides. Everybody kind of just lays back and enjoys themselves. We really have a lot of fun being together. I think we kind of learned through the years that that together kind of changes with the calendar based on what else is happening.”


Come for the outside linebacker drills, stay for the student managers hilariously failing to put the “football” on top of the dummies.

Injury updates

Saban ruled Da’Shawn Hand (MCL) and Trevon Diggs (foot) out against Texas A&M.

Hand, a starting defensive lineman, will likely be sidelined for a couple more weeks as he works himself back from his knee injury.

With Hand out, players such as Isaiah Buggs, Quinnen Williams, Jamar King and others should see more opportunities.

Diggs, a reserve cornerback and starting return man, could return to the field as early as next week, but we’ll know more on Monday. Diggs was spotted wearing a walking boot at the facility this week.

Freshman receiver Henry Ruggs has replaced Diggs on returns.

Nick Saban speaks

Nick Saban’s news conference on Monday:

Nick Saban’s news conference on Wednesday:

Player interviews

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts:

Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton:

Alabama tight end Hale Hentges:

Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings:

Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace:

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs:

Alabama linebacker Keith Holcombe:

Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams:

News and analysis


Each week, SEC Country writers and editors predict the outcome of Alabama’s next contest.

“The only thing I know about predictions is that I don’t know anything. I predicted Alabama-Vanderbilt would be kind of close. That game ended in a 59-0 blowout by Alabama. I expected Ole Miss to put up a fight, calling that one 34-17 in favor of Alabama. Ole Miss managed just a field goal as Alabama pounded the Rebels into submission, 66-3. Alabama will definitely win this game. That’s the only thing I [think I] know for sure. Alabama 41, Ole Miss 10.” — Marq Burnett

More predictions here.


Our podcast host, Ryan Fowler, does a great job of bringing on guests with knowledge of Alabama and college football.

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Marq Burnett – SEC Country

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