This offseason has been a unique one as players and coaches deal with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even as players return to campuses for voluntary workouts, social distancing is still a thing, which means lots of virtual meetings are taking place.

That can be frustrating for coaches who are used to a more hands-on approach, but Alabama’s Nick Saban said during a radio appearance on Saturday that he’s encouraged by what he’s seen from Crimson Tide players (via 247Sports):

“I’ve been very encouraged,” said Saban on Alabama Athletics’ Summer Update Radio Show on Saturday. “We’ve had really good feedback from the players. We’ve had really good contact with the players because we Zoom with them Monday-Thursday every week somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half. So, it’s not like we’ve completely lost touch.

We’re still a couple of weeks away from players being able to return to the field, so we’ll see which teams prosper in this coming summer and which teams find themselves a step behind from the get-go.