Alabama notes: Saban admits he's having fun when he's serious

Anniston StarNovember 14, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- During his Thursday night radio show, Alabama coach Nick Saban took a few moments to clear up a common misconception.

Saban said even when he's serious he's having fun. He also posed a couple of important questions.

"Do you want to have fun everyday?" Saban asked. "Or do you want to have fun when you win the SEC Championship?

Of course the crowd exploded with applause.

Fan calls in

Just in case Saban was thinking about leaving Alabama, a fan called in to warn him of what she'd do if the coach decided to take over another program.

"If you ever think about leaving, you better do it in the middle of the night or you'll have to scrape me off your moving van," she said.

Early draft projections

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes Alabama currently has three players who are potential NFL first-round draft picks.

Kiper projects Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley, left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix will all be taken in the first 20 picks of the draft. Kiper said Mosley is the best prospect of the three.

"For the NFL right now, to have a guy that can cover and be on the field for every down like he can, that's a huge asset to a coordinator," Kiper said during his conference call. "He's in the top 10. He's at number six right now on the big board. He'll be one of the first four, five, six, seven players drafted more than likely."

Kouandjio and Clinton-Dix are both third-year juniors, but have been projected as high picks since the beginning of the season.

Kiper said after a "few hiccups" earlier in the season, Kouandjio has solidfied himself as a top-20 pick. Clinton-Dix is regarded as the top safety in the nation and Kiper projects him to go as high as No. 17.

Kiper sees Tide quarterback AJ McCarron as a second, third or fourth round pick.

"AJ McCarron maybe second round, but I'd say more third, fourth round," Kiper said. "It's a possibility (he will be drafted in the) second. The senior bowl is going to be big for AJ. … McCarron needs to show that kind of arm strength and that kind of ability you need to ascend. You need to show that you're above and beyond just being a great college quarterback.

"You got to show you can also be a good starting quarterback in the league and that week in Mobile will be very important to him."

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