Saban's Post-Game Press Conference: 'There Are Lessons To Be Learned'

Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2009

TUSCALOOSA - OCTOBER 17:  Running back Roy Upchurch #5 of the Alabama Crimson Tide changes direction on a running play during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 17, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide beat the Gamecocks 20-6.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, AL- Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban hosted his post-game press conference at Bryant-Denny field on Saturday night after their homecoming win against (22) South Carolina. Saban had an assortment of things to say about the team and their work ethic that was seen at homecoming. Coach Saban talked about how quarterback Greg McElroy fared against the Gamecock's defense. He said that McElroy did a decent job but was not consistently throwing the football. Alabama's very own, Mark Ingram was also the topic of discussion for total of 247 yards that he ran last night. ESPN calls Ingram "a possible Heisman candidate", this could possibly be Alabama's year to win the Heisman Trophy which has never been won in Crimson Tide history. Saban said that the running-back had an impressive drive last night, even saying that Ingram is one of the best players he's ever coached. Coach Saban discussed how their are lessons to be learned from this homecoming game, they will review the weaknesses that the staff saw. He also gave credit to South Carolina saying "Steve's got a good program and they played great... I have a lot of respect for him".

My Analysis of Homecoming:

I see 'Bama as playing decent in this game, but not at full capacity. McElroy was not on his game last night, throwing an interception and not passing very well at all. The offense gave up three turnovers last night against the Gamecocks which I thought was really uncalled for on the offense's part. Mark Ingram did very well last night as Nick Saban also said, he is definitely a powerhouse on the offensive side and could be a Heisman candidate- he's certainly someone to look at. The defense did OK, in the minute of game play they scored a touchdown off an interception. During all four quarters they played a decent ball game but needed to cover South Carolina's receivers better. The Gamecocks defense was presumably showing double-coverage on Alabama's 5-star WR Julio Jones. Alabama countered that by giving the ball to RB Mark Ingram which contributed to his 247 yard rushing last night, which was once again very impressive. Last week Alabama didn't look so well and I really think that carried into week six with McElroy and the offense not playing as good as fans had wanted them to play. It was still a good homecoming and a good win, congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks for playing a tough game.