TUSCALOOSA - Alabama's Nick Saban spoke about some of his concerns with no-huddle offenses Wednesday on the SEC coaches teleconference, and he drew an interesting reaction from Missouri receiver T.J. Moe on social media.
A reporter paraphrased on Twitter one of Saban's comments about high-octane offenses: "Is this what we want football to be?"
Moe, a senior, answered back on Twitter: "Sure is."
Saban was discussing the no-huddle offense, saying college football leaders should examine the safety factor. He said that on 14-, 16- and 18-play drives, the defense can't substitute and the players are not always set for the play to start. He said that's when there is the greatest chance of getting a player hurt.
Adding that the no-huddle is a great advantage to offenses and that more and more teams are turning to it, Saban said, "I just think there's got to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking, 'Is this what we want football to be?'"
Jones gets an award: Alabama All-America center Barrett Jones received an award Wednesday for making the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which includes only 11 players nationally, and the person who presented him with it has a deep Crimson Tide history, too.
Former Alabama star Jay Barker, quarterback of the Tide's 1992 national championship team, presented the award after Jones' appearance at the University of Alabama's CrossingPoints program, which aids 18- to 21-year-olds with minor disabilities. Barker is now an Allstate agent in Birmingham as well as radio talk-show host.
Barker said he enjoyed meeting Jones and that he had a lot of teammates like him.
"But they never called me Mr. Barker," he said, smiling. "He's a great guy, and guys like that are what make a team. He really focuses on what's important about life."
Added Jones: "It's always nice to get awards not related to football because that's really what I care about the most. Certainly, that's not why I do things like that -- to get awards. But I'm very honored to be recognized, especially by a guy like Jay Barker, who I really respect because of his stand and his faith and also for community service."