Will it be Third Times the Charm for Alabama?
THE TIDE ENTER INTO THIER THIRD STRAIGHT CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Alabama is no stranger to the pressure or the environment entering into their third straight title game. Last year they faced defeat and this time around they hope to finish things off the right way.
“You know it would be a great achievement for a lot of the seniors to be able to go out like we wanted to and I feel like now we have a great opportunity to do that now so this is an opportunity for us not to take it for granted and you know just make sure we do all the little things to prepare for this game,” says Alabama senior linebacker Rashaan Evans.
Rashaan Evans, an Auburn high school grad, has had quite the career at Alabama. Whether its playing in the middle or coming off the edge on defense, Evans gets the job done. This season alone he has collected 66 tackles, 11.5 for a loss something defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt says will be needed to slow georgias run game monday night.
When asked what coach Pruitt will miss the most about Evans he responded with, “that smile. He is always smiling, Rashaan always smiling. He’s a pleaser. He comes to work everyday and he’s a really good teammate and a really good leader and I thought that was great that they voted him a team captain that says a lot about him.”
Adversity is a word one could throw around when talking about the Tides defense the season. A handful of linebackers were subject to the injury bug allowing for players like redshirt sophomore Mekhi Brown to step in and prove themselves. A Carver high school graduate, Brown had high expectations for what his time would be like at Alabama.
“I expected to make it to the national championship every year I was here and it has been nothing short of that really. Just winning all the time, a lot of rings, notoriety, that’s what I expected the whole time,” says Brown.
Less than 48 hours away from game time Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke with the media one final time about how preparing mentally is key to preparing for monday night.
“I think the mental practice that a player has whether it’s making calls, watching film, whether you have meetings, whether you do walkthroughs, whether you have chair drills. I think those mental reps that they get may prevent mental errors in the game that could effect the outcome of the game,” says coach Saban.