Nick Saban disputes criticism of Christian Barmore

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Nick Saban has seen some of the criticism of Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore, prompting the coach to stump for his former player.

Saban refutes the idea that Barmore was resistant to coaching.

“We never had any issues here with him at all when it came to structure, whether it was football or academics,’’ Saban told Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “He always worked hard in the offseason program, and he did whatever everybody told him to do. We were were very structured in regards to academics, and he worked very hard at that.’’

Saban also disputes that Barmore had any maturity issues.

“I never had a problem with him. He’s a good kid,” Saban said.

In a down year for defensive tackles, Barmore is one of the best available. He earned Defensive MVP of Alabama’s national championship victory over Ohio State.

Barmore finished the two playoff games with two sacks, 12 pressures and seven tackles, including three for loss.

“He just has really good initial quickness for a big guy, and he’s a really good inside pass-rusher and he was very productive for us as a player,’’ Saban said. “He’s very instinctive as a rusher.’’

7 responses to “Nick Saban disputes criticism of Christian Barmore

  1. If teams are still making decisions the night before the draft, they’re in big trouble.

  2. I get it. There’s only one really good DT available and some unscrupulous GM or coach really wants him bad and maybe they need him to slip a bit down to them in the draft. At least it’s not as bad as the Warren Sapp drugs revelation that popped out a day before the draft.

  3. He’s definitely shown flashes of great play, and is young with tremendous upside. Will he sneak into the 1st round?

  4. He’d look good in Lions blue and fits a huge scheme need.

    Even if his run defense isn’t quite there yet, we play the mike behind his spot on the line anyway, so the occasional misread or washout won’t result in many big plays against us.

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