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Saban says Bama is "work in progress"

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Alabama's final bye week has arrived.

That gives us a chance to take a breath and evaluate what they've accomplished so far this season.

Nick Saban gave us his take on how much growth he's seen from his team, specifically since the Colorado State game.

"This team has been a little bit of a work in progress in terms of getting everybody to buy-in to doing things the way we want to do it," Saban said. "I mean the older players on the team. Not the players who have been in the program. Not the seniors. Not the juniors. Not most of the guys that play. Most of those guys have played before and they buy into doing things the way we want to do it. I think there was a lot of distractions early on with guys that haven't played that much."

One of the many success stories for Alabama in 2013 has been the production of defensive back Landon Collins. From special teams to his ever evolving role in the secondary, Collins has stepped up. Now he has been named a semi-finalist for the Thorpe Award.

"He's made a lot of good plays for us," Saban said. "He's a very explosive player. He's confident right now in knowing what to do and what's expected of him. I think (it's) the biggest thing that's contributed to him being able to play so well for us."

Collins is not the only Tide player who was honored today. Linebacker C.J. Mosley was named a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award.

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