Denard Robinson's Cam Newton comparison, Alabama's two-deep and Nick Saban's repeat quest
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan and Alabama clearly aren't immune to what has become an annual tradition.
Prior to starting the season, before any real game action is played and anyone hits a player wearing a different colored jersey, coaches exhaust themselves in a game of praise-heaping.
It's basically a rite of passage.
"They have lots of good players, but he’s the guy that — whether it’s a zone-read play or a quarterback power, or pass play — makes a lot of significant plays in the game that impact the game by what he does," Saban told reporters earlier this week in Alabama. "Extremely fast. He does a good job of executing their offense."
Asked by reporters in Ann Arbor earlier this week what it felt like to be compared to one of the most dynamic college quarterbacks in recent memory -- and a pretty darned good NFL signal-caller -- Robinson smiled it off.
"Oh man, that's a good (person to be compared to)," Robinson said. "Cam Newton is a phenomenal athlete.
"Hopefully I can live up to that."
- The Crimson Tide's two-deep depth chart features plenty of familiar faces with national championship rings, and plenty of new ones hoping to earn one. And, of course, it starts with the defense first. (Link)
- Alabama coach Nick Saban is doing his best to avoid comparing his 2012 squad to the Crimson Tide's 2011 national championship team. And by doing so, he'll try to do something he's never done before -- repeat. (Link)
- Meet Robert Lester: The leader of Alabama's secondary, and proof that the Crimson Tide don't always play with a cupboard full of five-stars. (Link)
- Alabama star defensive end Damion Square is a massive challenge every week. But this week, Michigan will have to deal with him as he makes his homecoming to Texas. (Link)
- Nick Saban is pleased with his pass rush. In other news, water's still wet. (Link)