Coach speak or not, Nick Saban had plenty of nice things to say about Kentucky during his time with the media this morning. Saban said the Cats are really playing well as a team, and that Mark Stoops is getting it done so far:
“It’s always tough to play in our league, especially on the road. I think Kentucky is really playing well as a team. Sometimes you look at the loss record and it’s a little deceiving. Kentucky has played three tough games in a row, played them all tough, played them all well. They typically have given us tough games the last two times we played them.
Mark has done a really good job there, I think. The players are playing hard, they’re playing with a lot of toughness, they’re really good on special teams, which to me sometimes shows the character and attitude of your team as much as anything.”
Saban mentioned Jalen Whitlow, a Prattville, Alabama native, and praised his performance against South Carolina: “He’s really kind of a dual threat guy, he’s a good runner and continued to improve as a passer and was effective last week in that regard.
Simply put, he doesn’t want his group to overlook the Cats:
“We expect this to be a difficult game. Our players need to prepare for this team with a lot of respect and I think our players understand how difficult it is to play on the road in this league.”
See you on Saturday, Nick.