Nick Saban & players discuss the big game at Media Day in Arizona


Ryan Cody and Reggie Ragland chat about preparations for the biggest college football game of the year (Photo: Drew Galloway/WHNT)

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – We got a chance to talk to Alabama head coach Nick Saban and several Crimson Tide players at the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day Saturday.

Things are all business for the Tide as the team tries to bring home a win in the biggest college football game of the year. But just because the team is focused, doesn’t mean they aren’t having fun.

“I’ve made mention of the fact that this team is a fun team to coach because we have a lot of players that really enjoy being around each other, really enjoy being together, really enjoy playing together, and I think that starts with respect.”

We were able to catch up with Reggie Ragland, who was featured on one of the main stages during Alabama’s turn at Media Day. He said he’s looking forward to the memories made at his last college game ever.

He also had a special message for all his friend, family, and fans in north Alabama – He wouldn’t be where he is today without their support.

Saban said, “I think Reggie Ragland has done an outstanding job for us as a leader on our team. He’s a signal caller on defense, so in a lot of ways represents what the quarterback does on offense in terms of making calls and getting people lined up and making adjustments, and I think other players depend on that.”

Even though they aren’t the favorites to win the game, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said they don’t see it that way. He said, “…we may not be the favorite, but we don’t see ourselves as an underdog… The only other team that’s had five 10-plus win seasons, we’re playing them. Alabama.”

Saban even joked that Swinney has him beat on the dance floor, saying, “Oh, I think Dabo has got me there by a long shot. I used to be able to step through it pretty good back in the day, but I’m a little older now and gotten a little more patient and reserved in my old age. I think that’s reflected in how I go about my dance routines, as well”

Hopefully that patience pays off on the field.

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