Everything Nick Saban said following Alabama's first bowl practice

Alabama fans received some exciting news on Friday afternoon with the shocking discovery that both Bryce Young

and Will Anderson Jr. would not be opting out of the Allstate Sugar Bowl but would indeed be practicing with their teammates as they prepare for Kansas State.

Friday also happened to be the day that Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide would hit the practice field for the first time leading up to the bowl game on Dec. 31.

Following Alabama’s practice, coach Saban would address the media and along with other things,

 discussed the importance of the Tide not having any opt-outs this year.

“Well, I was really impressed with the attitude that the players came back with today

. Everybody seems to be taking a serious approach to what they have to do to be positive,

 prepare for the game, have fun, creating value for their future. This is not something that is not important to us.

We have a lot that we can prove in this game. We’re going to play a really good team that plays short of old-fashioned,

tough, very disciplined, well-coached — so there’s not any way to make it easy to prepare for a team like that

. So for us to have the right mindset and have a good respect for what it takes to have success against a good team like this —

 I think it’s imperative and how we go about trying to prepare for this game.

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