USM Head Coach Will Hall molding USM program with Nick Saban elements

The top ranked Crimson Tide has long been the class of the SEC and sometimes 40-point losses are just part of the territory.

The 1-2 Golden Eagles are coming off a 21-9 home loss to Troy and are now starting freshman quarterback Ty Keyes in the biggest game of his life at the college level.

But, first year Head Coach Will Hall is far from intimidated. In fact, he says imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. “I got to West Alabama in ’08, the same time Coach Saban got there, and so it was a 45-minute drive. So, I’ve spent many, many a day in those offices. We’ve patterned much of everything we do like them. The way we build our program, quarterback centered through the defense, the way we practice is almost carbon copied off the way they practice. So, the way we’re building a program is very, very similar to the way they’ve built that there.”

The Black and Gold kick things off against Alabama at 7:30 p.m. Saturday from Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.