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Nick Saban took the stage at SEC Media Days to address the events of the offseason and preview this year's Crimson Tide team.

Alabama returns several starters from last year's team, most notably Bryce Young and Will Anderson, two players that Saban was asked about on Tuesday.

Speaking on the impact of the duo, Saban started with one of his typical phrases, but quickly followed it up with incredible praise for his team's two biggest leaders.

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The coach said, "Well, I don't like to compare players, but to have two players that make such a significant impact on our team as those guys, I don't recall ever having a circumstance like that."

Saban continued, diving deeper into what each of them brings to the program, "But I think it's bigger than that is the impact that they have on the players around them. These guys set a great example. They're players that other people on our team can emulate in a positive way because of the example they've set."

Anderson, since the moment he took the field against Missouri in 2020, has been arguably the best defender on the team and likely in the nation. While it took a season for Young to work his way into a starting role, once he did, he never looked back.

Saban went on to mention the leadership qualities of both players, saying, "So these guys have not only been great players, but they contributed from a leadership standpoint probably as significantly as any leaders we've had - and we've had some good leaders in our program and organization."

Alabama takes the field on September 3 against Utah State at home in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Though the Aggies finished last season with an 11-3 record and won the Mountain West, Anderson and Young likely have other plans for opening weekend.

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