Nick Saban talks injuries, approach to fall camp

Christopher Walsh

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama coach Nick Saban announced that redshirt junior defensive back Nigel Knott will be sidelined for a while and said it’s unknown when he may possibly return.

Saban only described him as having “medical issues.”

The coach also confirmed that junior defensive end LaBryan Ray (ankle) and redshirt junior tight end Miller Forristall (foot) will miss some practice time while recovering from offseason surgeries.

Forristall is expected back in a few days, while Ray will be out a week-plus.

Saban made the comments during his first press conference of fall camp during the Crimson Tide’s media day on Saturday. He also mentioned that senior linebacker Terrell Lewis, who has played little over the past two seasons due to injuries, will be managed to try and maximize his chances of getting through the season, but did practice Friday.

“He made a lot of plays,” said Saban, adding that his GPS numbers are "back to a level higher than he was before he got hurt two years ago.”

Saban called this team one of the best conditioned they’ve had coming out of summer, and he’s pleased with the new coaches.

He also stated:

• Saban confirmed that he talked to former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith about a possible position at Alabama in January 2018, but added that he decided it was “better to hire someone else” based off his background check.

• Regarding the recent departure of former 5-star linebacker Eyabi Anoma: “The guy was dismissed from school and that’s about all I can say about it.”

• Saban said it’s too early to project where Florida State graduate transfer Landon Dickerson might best fit in on the offensive line, but called him big, strong, experienced and "has a presence.”