D’Eriq King: “Nick Saban is the Best Coach of All Time”
Miami Hurricanes starting quarterback D'Eriq King had high praise for Alabama head coach Nick Saban as he closed his Tuesday media availability.
King was asked about Saban's analysis of his game from Monday's press conference and though King said he didn't hear what Saban said, he tossed the highest of compliments toward Saban.
"I mean, Nick Saban is the best coach of all time," King said. "He's the greatest college football coach of all time, so for him to speak highly of me is pretty cool."
Saban holds a 256-65-1 record with a record seven national championships.
"When you have great athletes that have great speed, especially at the quarterback position, that adds another element to that, that you're out here spread out trying to cover all these guys, and now you've got a quarterback that's got a great ability to scramble, extend plays, make plays scrambling, throwing as well as running, that adds another element to it," Saban said Monday.
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"[King] certainly does that extremely well, he executes their offense extremely well. He's very comfortable in how he manages the game for them, gets them in plays that have a great chance to be successful for them and he's a good decision maker whether it's the RPOs the bubbles the smokes the plays that they run that complement the running game. So I think this guy presents lots of issues because he's a great player, a great athlete a great quarterback all rolled into one."
King also praised Will Anderson, Chris Allen, Christian Harris and Josh Jobe of the Alabama defense.
"You know, they play well and they don't make many mistakes," King said. "You never have guys running wide open. We gotta make those plays, we gotta just keep pushing forward and have faith in the plays."
Though the sportsmanship is welcomed by both parties, the time for words will soon end as Miami and Alabama will meet in Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta September 4 in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.