Lane Kiffin Talks QBs, Social Media During Preseason Press Conference
The University of Alabama held media days on Sunday and made the coordinators available for the first and only time until the season ends.
Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin spoke for 11 minutes on a variety of topics. He said that he continues to grow as a coach under Nick Saban as he enters year three. Just like his previous two seasons in Tuscaloosa, Kiffin has to identify a new starter at quarterback.
One of the four players battling for the job is redshirt freshman Blake Barnett. Kifin said the California native had a chance to win the job in 2015 but showed inconsistency like most first-year players. After an average spring, Barnett has made noticeable improvements under center.
"He really had a great offseason," Kiffin said. "He had some health issues where he lost some weight but gained weight back. He's bigger, stronger than he's been. Through a couple days, he looks really good."
Whoever wins that starting job will have a stable of wide receivers to throw to. Sophomore Calvin Ridely is deservedly getting all of the attention, but Kiffin said Robert Foster could have enjoyed a great year in 2015 if not for the injury.
"I think people forget as great as Calvin Ridley was last year - I think 89 catches he had - Calvin actually was backing up Robert when Robert got hurt."
Kiffin was also asked about social media. After all, he's been one of the more entertaining follows on Twitter. When talking about how he approaches it, Kiffin had the line of the day in his response.
"I don't really run my Twitter or social media. Coach Saban runs it."
You can watch his entire press conference in the video above.