Alabama notes: Saban tries to reach out to Muschamp

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban said he's tried to reach out to his former assistant Will Muschamp, but hasn't been able to connect with him just yet.

Muschamp, who worked under Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins, was fired from his head coaching position at Florida on Sunday following the Gators loss to South Carolina.

Saban said he's tried to call Muschamp a couple of times, but "we haven't hooked up" yet.

"I don't care what's happened to Will, and his circumstance, he did a really good job in my opinion in making that program better, did a great job of recruiting, was a great competitor out there in recruiting. And I think he really did a really good job in coaching the team," Saban said Wednesday. There was just some parts of the team that never did as well as people's expectations, and that's the business that we're in."

Muschamp led the Gators to an 11-2 season and a Sugar Bowl berth in his second year in Gainesville, but things went downhill from there. Saban, whose team defeated Muschamp's Gators 42-21 earlies this season, said he'll be there for Muschamp if needed.

"I know that he'll do well wherever he decides to go and in whatever he decides to do because I know what kind of competitor and what kind of person that he is," Saban said. "Anything that we can do for him we'll certainly be there to help him every way that we can."

Young WRs improving

With Alabama likely to lose its top three wide receivers after this season, young players must step up. DeAndrew White and Christion Jones are seniors. Amari Cooper is eligible for the NFL Draft as a true junior with many considering Cooper a first-round pick.

That said, young players must step up. One young player who has worked himself into the rotation is true freshman Cam Sims. Sims normally checks into the game on running plays, but Saban said he's more than just a blocking receiver.

"Cam has done a real nice job all year long, we have lots of confidence in him as a receiver," Saban said. "I know as a young player he had a drop or two early in the season, but he makes a lot of catches in practice, he's a big guy, he's a little bit of a mismatch guy that way.

"He is physical, he is tough, that's not why we put him in the game, we're just trying to give Coop a blow with him."

Outside of Sims, Saban mentioned Robert Foster, ArDarius Stewart and Chris Black as players who've also impressed.

"Robert Foster has made some nice progress, we probably ought to try and get him some reps too in terms of what he does," Saban said. "But you know the three young receivers that we have - ArDarius Stewart, Robert and Cam, as well as Chris Black - have all really made a lot of progress this year. They haven't gotten to play maybe as much as we would like, and hopefully their time will come in which they can all make contributions."