Florida football coach Jim McElwain made his debut at the SEC Media Days and spent 20 minutes answering questions about his first season in Gainesville. Among the topics addressed was his time at Alabama as an assistant coach. 

"I can't tell you how blessed I was to have a chance to be at the University of Alabama in that capacity," McElwain said.

The first-year head coach at Florida spent four years in Tuscaloosa as the offensive coordinator. During that time, he was instrumental in helping guide the Crimson Tide to two national championships. He carried that experience on to Colorado State, where he turned around a struggling Rams program.

Now in one of college football's elite head coaching positions, McElwain maintains a strong relationship with one of his mentors - Nick Saban.

"And obviously, taking this job, [Saban's] been a guy that has answered a lot of questions, maybe gave me some things to look for and look out for as we kind of roll through," McElwain said.

Florida opens its season against New Mexico State. You can watch McElwain's full Q&A session at SEC Media Days here.