What Alabama players said about having fun, juke moves and Jerry Jeudy

What Alabama players said about having fun, juke moves and Jerry Jeudy

A group of three Alabama players stopped by the media room Monday afternoon for a chat. There were still a few things to discuss about the 62-7 win over Ole Miss before moving on to Texas A&M.

For what it’s worth, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has not been available for interviews since the media day in early August. Stay tuned for updates when that changes.

A few things said Monday:

— Damien Harris confirmed he is, in fact, having a lot of fun out there. “Yeah. I mean, that’s the goal. With all the things that go into this game, I think it’s important to remember just to have fun. Why are we playing this game, why do we start playing this game at such a young age? It’s my last year, the last time I get to go through this year with this team, these coaches, I just try to enjoy it as much as I can.”

— Scoring 50-plus in each of the first three games helps, he admitted. Harris also noted how much he expects will change with a ranked Texas A&M team coming to town this weekend.

— Harris used a few strong words to explain Jerry Jeudy’s effectiveness at receiver. “I mean, he’s a rare talent. He can do it all — he’s fast, runs good routes, clean routes, he’s got great hands, super-explosive guy. 

— Approaching the one-year mark on of the infamous “rat poison” comment from Saban after the Texas A&M game, Harris said that public version of the speech doesn’t stand out. “I’ve heard so many rat poison speeches that it’s hard to label each one.”

— Cornerback Trevon Diggs is pretty relaxed in an interview setting. He touched on his big defensive play on the second defensive snap of the game that could have been another Ole Miss touchdown. “We were in zone. We were in three-deep zone. He was kind of in front of me a little bit, but I just kept my eyes on the receiver and not look at the ball and get out of phase. When I caught up I looked for the ball and just batted it down.”

— Was there some relief in slapping the pass away? “Yeah. He did kind of have me beat a little bit, but when you’re out of phase you’ve got to get in phase, when you’re in phase you look for the ball so that’s what I did.”

— Everyone saw Jeudy juke a cornerback badly Saturday night. It happens in practice too, Diggs confirmed. “He got us a couple times. Like I said, he’s a real gifted kid, he’s real talented, got a lot of talent. He’s real good.”

— Nick Saban is tougher on the team after wins than after losses, Diggs said. The push to succeed never stops.

— Christian Miller was honored to be named SEC defensive player of the week. It was maybe even more special considering he was hurt almost all of last season. “I’ve been through a lot, on and off the field, so to go out there and be able to have a performance like that meant a lot to me. But I’m already looking forward to this week. If anything it made me even hungrier. I want to do even more.”

— With all the hype about the Ole Miss passing game, was Saturday a statement for the Alabama defense? “I think it was a good test for us,” Miller said. “At the start we were tested and responded well. I think it taught us a lot.”

— Asked about programs copying Alabama’s model for success, Miller said “you can’t blame them.” It’s working here, why not try it elsewhere, he said.

Michael Casagrande is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.