Cory Henry: Alabama 'can be beat'

Updated: September 20, 2012, 6:06 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini can't be happy with defensive end Cory Henry.

As Pelini's Owls prepare for Saturday's game with Alabama, Henry told the Palm Beach Post that the top-ranked Crimson Tide "ain't what people think."

"They ain't what people think," Henry told the newspaper. "They're good and everything, but they can (be) beat, too. They just execute well. They just execute and beat you."

Michigan couldn't beat the Crimson Tide despite a No. 8 ranking at the time. Western Kentucky, which upset Kentucky last weekend, also couldn't beat Alabama.

Ask Arkansas coach John L. Smith what he thinks about the prospects of beating Bama -- he begged the media for a smile after the Crimson Tide thrashed the Razorbacks, 52-0, in Fayetteville.

Pelini said Monday that Alabama is "as finely coached a team as I've seen" and noted that "they don't make a lot of mistakes, and you can't either if you want to have any chance at all."

Those words apparently never reached Henry's ears. The junior defensive end went ahead and got mistake No. 1 out of the way well before kickoff, stepping up to the microphone and swinging away at the hornet's nest.

For some reason, Henry thinks the Owls of the Sun Belt will fare better than Michigan or Arkansas. In fact, he told the Palm Beach Post that Florida Atlantic, a seven-touchdown underdog, might actually have an advantage over Alabama.

"We got speed against them," he told the newspaper. "You got speed, you can win."

Henry should have asked Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson about Alabama's speed. His Heisman Trophy campaign never got off the blocks in the season opener against the Crimson Tide, as he threw two interceptions and averaged fewer than three yards per carry.

Knile Davis could shed some light on Alabama's speed, too. Arkansas' stud running back mustered just 58 all-purpose yards against Alabama and watched as the Razorbacks were shut out in Fayetteville for the first time since 1966.

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