— Jerry Brewer on the relationship between Don James and Nick Saban:
Saban will tell you that he runs his program in a fashion similar to how James ran the show. Like many, Saban marveled at how organized James was, and he tries to be just as efficient. In terms of style of play, haven’t some of Alabama’s best teams seemed a lot like the 1991 Huskies? Tough. Aggressive. Defensive-minded. Traditional, but willing to stay on the cutting edge. Quarterbacks who don’t carry the offense, but wind up well-prepared for the NFL. Quality assistant coaches who are taught just as the players are taught.
There are plenty of wrinkles that make Alabama unique, but you still see the James in Saban.
“He wanted you to reach your full potential as a football player, but more importantly, he wanted you to do well in school and become the person you could be so you would be successful in life,” Saban said of James. “He was the same way when it came to assistant coaches or anyone who worked for him. You were a better person because of the time you spent with Coach James.”
— Keith Price looked “really good” at practice Thursday for the Huskies.
— Former UW All-American Reggie Rogers died Thursday at age 49.
— More on Price and UW’s quarterback situation from The News Tribune.
— Cal has quarterback questions of its own, of course. Sonny Dykes talks about the QBs.
Coach Sonny Dykes expected to announce Friday who will start at QB for @CalFooltball. My guess: Zach Kline. #whynot
— Jeff Faraudo (@JeffFaraudo) October 25, 2013
— There are also many questions on Cal’s injury-riddled defense, which is putting up historically bad numbers.