ESPN’s Rece Davis Examines Alabama vs. Texas A&M [Audio]
The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is days away from facing their third straight top 25 team as sixth ranked Texas A&M strolls into Tuscaloosa for a 2:30 PM kickoff on CBS.
In addition to the games, ESPN College GameDay will televise live from the University of Alabama campus Saturday morning.
A prominent Alabama graduate and host of College GameDay Rece Davis offered his insights into Saturday’s game on Inside the Locker Room.
One of the keys to Saturday’s game is quarterback play for both teams. Davis dissected Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight’s ability to run.
“One thing about Trevor (Knight) that's been really underrated is his ability to run. He not only can run a little, he’s fast. You see him in the open field some of the runs he broke against Arkansas and against Tennessee. He can go. He’s a big strong athletic kid.” Davis said.
In addition to the ability to improvise, the College GameDay host noted a primary weakness in Knight’s game.
“What’s he’s not always is a precise passer.” Davis said.
Davis later discussed the mental aspect affecting both teams for Saturday’s game and how teams around the country are faring through the first half of the season.
As Nick Saban closes in on Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s mark of six national titles, the veteran ESPN college football commentator offered his thoughts on the comparison of the Bryant and Saban eras relative to their place in Crimson Tide football history.
“I don’t mean any disrespect to Coach (Paul) Bryant in any way, shape, form or fashion; and I realize the impact he had came over a longer term and might have had different sociological effects and so forth, but I think this (Saban era) is the greatest era of Alabama football ever.” Davis said.
He listed the cultural challenges facing college football including the draw of the NFL for elite athletes and Saban’s leadership ability as reasons for choosing the Saban era as the greatest in Alabama football history.
As the host of College GameDay, Davis relayed what it’s like to hear the opening theme music to the show right before going on air.
“I think what you get is an adrenaline rush. Every week, it’s always fun.” Davis said.
The host of College GameDay described the pregame routine that the crew performs before beginning the show each week.
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