Alabama's Nick Saban: I'll 'never get over' last-second loss to Clemson

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Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley middle watches as his players participate in drills during spring camp

And most importantly, Saban wants to place a heavier emphasis on more fully developing the passing game.

If you're a college football fan, you've undoubtedly seen "it" happen on the Alabama sidelines.

"Because of that, Saban said Thursday, "now everybody tries to promote their spring game to get as big a crowd as they can as if that's going to be something that's going to help them promote promote the kind of energy and enthusiasm to catapult their program forward". Steve Sarkisian, who spent most of last season as an offensive analyst for the Tide, was promoted to offensive coordinator and called plays in the 35-31 loss to Clemson in the national championship game.

As he did after the game in January, Saban downplayed the impact of changing offensive coordinators the week of the championship game.

Lane Kiffin has no doubt that Alabama's Jalen Hurts will improve as a quarterback from last fall heading into next season with the Crimson Tide. Hurts' options were limited as a passer as the season continued into the postseason.

But in reality, it was more an admonishment of the approach Alabama took. "And until we find that out, I really have no intentions of taking action until I know what I'm taking action for or about".

Hurts passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yarder to Robert Foster.

Despite being the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year during a season in which he set several program records as a freshman, Hurts famously struggled with consistency in the postseason while facing three of the nation's Top 15 pass defenses last season.

"I felt like if we had played to our strengths as a team, we would win", Saban said about the title game.

The comment comes a day after Saban said Hurts was protected and "it didn't enhance his development." "And you just know Kiffin is just going to get it". "How much better does it get for the offense?".

Redshirt sophomore safety Deionte Thompson, who turned himself into Tuscaloosa police last week as a result of an assault that took place last month in Texas, is not listed on the A-Day roster.

"That's not really how I do it", Kiffin said.

"We haven't banged him around a lot, and there is no sense in doing that", Saban said.

"We want our quarterback to be able to make plays with his feet, but we also don't want to have to count on a lot of quarterback runs to make our offense go", Saban said.

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