Nick Saban may be a fan of Mel Kiper’s hair, but he’s not a fan of the expectations created by Kiper and other experts like him.
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Saban was asked after Wednesday’s practice about left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio being criticized through the first five weeks of the season, and Saban added it has more to do with the expectations created by experts as opposed to the player underachieving, AL.com.
“I think a lot of expectations are created with these guys,” Saban said. “I hate it that Mel Kiper and all these guys say this is the No. 1 guy at his position. They don’t even have an idea.
“And most of the teams haven’t even evaluated them yet when they’re underclassmen,” Saban said. “But what it does create is this expectation that this guy is the best left tackle that ever played the game. So every time he gets beat, well, he isn’t playing very well.
“But the fact of the matter is, is he still plays pretty well. Has he gotten beat a few times? Yeah. Is that unusual for any player? Probably not. I’m sure if you ask him, he would tell you things he’s like to improve on and do better. And I think there’s things that I’d like for him to improve on and continue to get better. But nobody here is disappointed in the way he’s performed and we’re going to keep on helping him to be the most consistent performer he can be.”
Kouandjio is largely considered the top left tackle in college football and is a consensus first-round pick as a future franchise tackle.