Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t one to hold back his feelings on up-and-coming players, which he always seems to have a slew of on his roster.

Oftentimes, Saban uses the media to send a message to his players that need to improve. In an old school coaching move, downplaying expectations and elite prospects are common for Saban.

That wasn’t the case after practice on Wednesday when Saban was asked about quarterback Bryce Young. In fact, Saban was quite complimentary about the new starter, though he did name 1 area the young quarterback can improve:

Young has a lot of pressure to be good. He has big cleats to fill. The sophomore has to replace former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, who was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. What did Jones do last season? Well, all he did was lead Alabama to a national title while guiding one of the best offenses in college football history.

All of that doesn’t mean that Young can’t lead Alabama to another championship. Five quarterbacks have won a championship for Alabama in their first year as a starter. Young has even been named a Heisman Trophy candidate for the 2021 season.

Young’s name became more prominent nationwide during SEC Media Days when Saban said his new star had garnered approximately $1 million in endorsement opportunities before even starting a game. Young has completed 13-of-22 passes for 156 yards during his college career.