What Nick Saban thinks of how Pete Golding has done for Alabama football in 2022
The award has been given to the nation's top assistant coach since 1996.
Ahead of the matchup between No. 8 Alabama and FCS team Austin Peay (7-3, 3-2 ASUN) on Saturday (11 a.m., SEC Network+) at Bryant-Denny Stadium, coach Nick Saban was asked Wednesday what stands out about Golding's work this season.
"I think Pete has done a really, really good job," Saban said. "He's very bright. He articulates well with the players. He's a good teacher. I think he's a good motivator."
Overall, Saban thinks the players respond well to Golding, who the Crimson Tide coach said has added some elements to help Alabama get better.
"He's done a very good job with the personnel that we have," Saban said. "I just really appreciate the really good job that he's done. I think he's made really positive steps every year since he's been here. I love hiring younger guys like that and letting them grow and develop in the organization. He's certainly done a fantastic job of that."
Golding joined the Crimson Tide staff in 2018 and has served as defensive coordinator since 2019.
Alabama has the No. 15 scoring defense in the country heading into the Austin Peay game. The Crimson Tide has given up 18.9 points per game, surrendering 22 touchdowns over the course of 10 games.
However, the defense had a major blemish when it gave up 52 points to Tennessee, the most Alabama had given up in a game since 1907.
After the LSU loss, Saban was asked to speak on the overall role of coordinators. He made clear he hears everything that is called.
"I have the right to veto every one of those things," Saban said. "Do I think coordinators are in an important position of leadership and have a huge impact in preparation for a game? I don’t think there’s any question about that. I don’t think anybody would question that. Ultimately, the responsibility for what happens on the field comes down to me because I have the right when we’re planning to say, we need to do more of this, we need to do more of that. Also have the right to say we’re doing too much, we’re not doing enough, we’re not taking advantage of this. Is this too complicated for the players? That’s all on me."