Alabama football: Former LSU CB Saivion Smith continuing to get better 'each and every day'

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Working to improve

Junior college transfer cornerback Saivion Smith will be competing for a starting spot in the fall. Formerly a 4-star recruit, Smith left LSU after just one year with the Tigers. Now, after choosing Alabama, he could break through into the starting lineup in his first year. Alabama’s secondary is inexperienced and will return no starters. That leaves the door open for Smith. Smith’s teammates said he is “getting better each and every day.”

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Refusing to be complacent

Every year, Alabama places some of its best players on special teams. This strategy gives it an edge over most teams. Against Florida State in the 2017 season opener, running back Damien Harris blocked a punt that gave Alabama great field position. Players of Harris’ caliber can change the game on special teams. Alabama coach Nick Saban continues to place an emphasis on special teams and it shows just how much he refuses to be complacent.

New recruiting tool

Alabama debuted Shop Talk last week, a program where former players and Saban discuss Alabama inside the team’s in-house barber shop. Last week, current NFL players Julio Jones, Ryan Anderson and Eddie Jackson talked about their time at Alabama. The videos are mainly used as a recruiting tool. Saban wants to show how much his players benefit from coming to Alabama. It is a new tactic in recruiting, but just how effective is it really?

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