Of the six Bama players who met with reporters Monday, all either called themselves FSU fans while growing up or marveled over Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden. I grew up a Florida State fan," senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry said. "To have the opportunity to play against these guys is an honor. "But you never let that get in the way of the task at hand. Never." Said linebacker Darren Mustin, "I was a Florida State fan when I was little. When I was little, I always ran around the house doing the tomahawk chop."
Linebacker Prince Hall led the Tide with 12 tackles. Linebacker Darren Mustin missed the Georgia game with a shoulder injury. Hall, who was suspended for the first game. Hall is filling in for injured starter Darren Mustin. Saban rated Hall's performance as "pretty good," despite saying he hopes Mustin can return from a neck/shoulder stinger in time for Saturday's showdown with the Noles.
The QB position at Bama as at FSU seems to be a concern. According to Nick Saban, Bama QB John Parker Wilson needs to focus on what he needs to do down in and down out, manage the offense, make good reads, feel comfortable in what he's doing, set his feet and throw the ball. Is that all Nick?
Alabama is playing its first neutral site, regular-season football game since Aug. 25, 1986, when the Crimson Tide beat Ohio State, 16-10, at the Kickoff Classic in The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Alabama will be the designated visiting team and will wear white jerseys for the Florida State game.