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April 21, 2013

Saban: Some Bama players "too comfortable"

— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Spring practice is over for Alabama, and coach Nick Saban is less than satisfied with his team, as usual.

It really wasn't because of those nine turnovers in Saturday's spring game, either. Saban said some Crimson Tide players are "too comfortable with their circumstances," but he notes that he found cause for discontent at spring's end for each of the three national championship teams in the past four years.

Unabashed praise just isn't his spring thing.

"I spoke to a bunch of different alumni groups today and they all want me to make a comparison between this year's team and last year's team and the team before that and the team before that," Saban said after the A-Day game. "I wasn't happy with any of those teams at this point.

"If I was happy with them, we wouldn't have summer conditioning, we would not have fall camp, we wouldn't have 30 practices to get ready for our first game against Virginia Tech. We'd just pack it in and say, 'All right, let's go to Atlanta and play the game.' We're not there yet."

'Bama has more than four months before that opener in the Georgia Dome to get there.

AJ McCarron completed 19 of 30 passes for 223 yards and a 40-yard touchdown to Kenny Bell but also was intercepted twice before an announced crowd of 78,315. McCarron's White team won 17-14 over the Crimson, led by the first-team defense.

The offenses combined for six interceptions and three lost fumbles, mistakes that Saban said weren't characteristic of the spring as a whole. He roamed the field surveying the action in slacks and a sports coat.

"The biggest thing that I was concerned about is how would the team go out there," he said. "What would be their energy, their enthusiasm and their attention to detail. Mental intensity. I don't think that there were enough guys that answered that question in a positive way to my liking. But I'm never satisfied."

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