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Alabama's defense gears up for dual-threat Watson

Alabama is one win away from claiming the football program’s 16th national championship, and the only thing standing in the Crimson Tide’s way of its goal is the undefeated Clemson Tigers and quarterback Deshaun Watson.

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Following their 38-0 win over Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, Alabama’s players received a couple of days off before returning to the practice field Sunday to begin their preparation for the top-ranked Tigers and the College Football Playoff championship.

And the Crimson Tide defense’s focus shifted toward stopping a dual-threat quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist. When asked a general question about Clemson, junior defensive end Jonathan Allen made it no secret that Watson’s name has fluttered throughout Alabama’s football complex this week.

The only question that remains is is the Crimson Tide ready to stop a mobile quarterback in its biggest game of the season? That has been the “kryptonite” for Alabama defenses in the past, but hearing from the UA players Monday, they seemed ready for the challenge a dual-threat signal caller and faster pace presents.

“He pretty much does everything well,” senior linebacker Dillon Lee said. “I think it’s a good challenge for our defense, changing gears a little bit from what Michigan State was doing, huddling and going slow like a traditional offense. Clemson going fastball, they are always up to the line ready. They won’t always go fast but they can. They get the ball in space a lot, which is different from Michigan State. A lot of perimeter plays.”

Watson has thrown for 3,699 yards, 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season, completing 68.2 percent (303-of-444) of his passes, and added 1,032 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores to his season-long resume.

He has proven he can sit back in the pocket and pick defenses apart, but when that said pocket has collapsed this season, he has also made plays outside the hash marks. As Lee pointed out, Monday’s championship game will be about containing Watson and limiting the plays he can make on the perimeter.

“When you play a quarterback like Deshaun Watson, your rush lanes and how you rush is a little different from how it usually is,” Lee said. “I think with our defensive line and the guys rushing off the edge – Ryan Anderson, Tim Williams – they’ll change a little bit of what they do to cater to Deshaun Watson and Clemson’s offense.

“… Those guys on the defensive line and rushing off the edge are so good, it kind of helps with the coverages we can play and more stuff we can do in the secondary because they can affect quarterbacks and contain people.”

To mimic Watson in practice, Alabama will use freshman quarterback Blake Barnett, who has handled the scout-team duties for dual-threat quarterbacks this season, whether it was Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee, who Allen said Watson compares to, or Dak Prescott of Mississippi State.

Newly-enrolled freshman Jalen Hurts, who is a midyear enrollee for the 2016 class, will also mix in on some scout-team drills this week, as he sported a No. 4 jersey on Monday afternoon.

“He’s very athletic, causes us a lot of problems,” Allen said of Barnett. “He’s very athletic and we feel like he gives us a good look and that’s why we’ve been so successful playing dual-threat quarterbacks this year.”

But Barnett, who is a former five-star recruit, can only do so much in terms of replicating one of the best quarterbacks in the country. And Nick Saban thinks Watson is exactly that.

“The guy is an outstanding player and does a great job of executing their offense, tremendous dual threat in terms of being a very good passer and rushing for over 1,000 yards this year,” Saban said. “Really is a very good rhythm passer as well as a guy who can sustain plays and extend plays because of his athleticism and ability to scramble.

“Really is probably as fine a dual-threat quarterback as we’ve played against for a long, long time and certainly does an outstanding job of executing their offense. And there’s no question about the fact that he’s an outstanding leader, as well, because you can see the way the players sort of rally around him.”

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Can Clemson Stop Alabama's Derrick Henry?

Can Clemson Score Enough Points Against Alabama's Defense?

Most Likely Clemson Cannot!

ALABAMA 42
Clemson 24
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:12 am

In What Likely Will Be Derrick Henry's Final Game for Alabama, Expect Greatness

By Barrett Sallee , SEC Football Lead Writer Jan 8, 2016
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In the College Football Playoff National Championship vs. top-ranked Clemson on Monday night, Alabama running back Derrick Henry might not break his single-game high of 271 rushing yards set vs. Auburn this year.

He might not break his single-game high of 46 carries he had in that same game.

He might not even extend his 19-game touchdown streak to 20 against the Tigers.

After all, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables boast a defense that has given up just 124.36 yards per game on the ground and is loaded with talented players in the front seven.

None of that matters though.

In what could be the final game for the junior Heisman Trophy winner before he moves on to the NFL, expect greatness. Expect Henry to grind it out when it matters most. Expect him to prove one more time that he is college football's ultimate closer.

"Obviously they've got the Heisman in Henry," said Swinney on Tuesday, according to CollegePressBox.com. "He's a whole different animal."

Indeed he is.

During his three years in Tuscaloosa, Henry has rushed for 1,954 yards in the second half/overtime of games, as opposed to 1,479 in the first half. That balanced out this year as he ascended to the top spot of the depth chart for the first time in his career.

But the 6'3", 242-pounder from Yulee, Florida, has proven from the moment that he stepped foot on campus that he shuts the door when head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin need him to.

And they'll need him to do it once more on Monday night.

While Alabama's defense is terrifying, its best defense against these Tigers is a good, punishing, ball-control offense.

Clemson is built to hit every sore spot that typically presents issues for Alabama defenses.

It has a mobile quarterback in Deshaun Watson, who has topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in five of his last six games. It spreads defenses out with multiple wide receiver sets with studs like Artavis Scott.

It has a power rushing game within that spread led by Wayne Gallman, a sophomore from Grayson, Georgia, who has rushed for 1,482 yards and is one of the most underrated players in the nation. It uses tempo to prevent defenses from substituting, which allows Swinney to exploit mismatches when they develop.

With apologies to Ole Miss—which has topped the Tide in each of the last two seasons—Alabama hasn't seen an offense like this since the 2013 Auburn Tigers, who weren't as prolific in the passing attack as the 2015 Clemson Tigers. After all, while Ole Miss has had success against Alabama, it simply hasn't had the power rushing element that Swinney's crew boasts.

While guys like defensive linemen A'Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen, as well as linebacker Reggie Ragland and others are directly responsible for shutting down Watson and Co., it's Henry who will have the biggest impact.

As long as Clemson doesn't have too much success offensively, Alabama won't stray from its tried-and-true plan of a heavy dose of Henry, as SEC Network analyst "Booger" McFarland noted on WUMP's The Cole Cubelic Show in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday morning:
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:34 pm

Alabama's Playing Like a Team on a Mission

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It may have been the breaking point.

Following another third-down failure against the University of Alabama defense last week, Michigan State senior quarterback Connor Cook was shown on the big screen at AT&T Stadium walking to the sideline, and everyone could easily read his lips.

“They’re [expletive] everywhere!” he said, which was both telling and accurate as the swarming Crimson Tide went on to enjoy a decisive 38-0 victory.

Not only was it the largest shutout ever in the Cotton Bowl, but it was just the second in recent history when so much was on the line. The other was when Alabama smothered LSU in the BCS National Championship Game at the end of the 2011 season, 21-0.

That’s what has Crimson Tide fans particularly excited about this team’s chances against Clemson in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship (7:30 p.m. CT, ESPN): They’ve witnessed this before.

Once again, Alabama is playing like it’s on a mission, just like it was when defeating LSU and Notre Dame to win back-to-back national titles in 2011-12. Neither game was close.

“The older guys on this team who were there in 2012 know the focus that it takes,” senior center Ryan Kelly said. “It’s a new week this week, but we’re going about it the same way we went about it against Michigan State. I think our team is really locked in.”

Senior center Ryan Kelly (70) says Alabama is "Locked in."

So does everyone else. You can see it when junior defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson stands over a podium for a press conference and looks like he’s trying not to break it in half.

You can hear it when head coach Nick Saban’s asked how much advance work the coaching staff put in on Clemson and he responds, “We don’t look ahead, man. We were trying to beat Michigan State.”

Perhaps most importantly, it's something those around the program can feel, and when you combine that with Alabama’s talent and coaching, you’re talking about a combination that’s extremely difficult to defeat.

After all, there’s a reason why Saban has never lost when national title is on the line.

“Pete Carroll used to say that anyone can do it one time, but if you’re going to have a championship program, you have to do it again and again and again,” offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. “That’s the real sign.

“Here we’re in the middle of a dynasty because of the process with different players and different coaches. He’s had a number of coaching changes. It all goes back to Coach Saban and his philosophy, and the players buy into it.”

Have they ever this season, which was on display in the semifinal.

While Michigan State tried to out-Alabama Alabama, the Crimson Tide instead out-Spartaned the Spartans. In other words, Alabama simply did all of the things that Michigan State was known for doing well better than the Spartans.

The Spartans spent most of the game with negative rushing yards and finished with only 29 yards on 26 carries. After having just 12 giveaways in their previous 13 games, they lost the turnover battle.

MSU even got outplayed on special teams.

Alabama fans see a lot of similarities between this Crimson Tide team and the 2011 and 2012 champions.
“You never expect that against a good team like that,” said junior linebacker Ryan Anderson, who had the first of Alabama’s four sacks. “That’s one of the best four teams in the country.”

Senior quarterback Jake Coker had a career day by completing 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns to freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who posted eight receptions for 138 yards.

The game was so lopsided that Alabama pulled its starters midway through the fourth quarter and still pulled off the shutout.

“The focus that they had for this game was completely different than what we’ve ever had before,” Saban said during his postgame press conference. “I think it paid off for them and we’re looking forward to trying to do the same in the next game.”

Michigan State ran into probably the best defense around, which looked as good as advertised. The Spartans reached the red zone just once. They managed just 1.1 yards per carry and essentially had a completion (19) for every Alabama tackle for a loss (six), turnover (three), broken-up pass (eight) and hurry (one) combined (18).

“We come into every game with a mindset of dominating,” senior cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “We don’t come in just trying to get by, we came in and wanted to stick it to them.”

Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson might be the most intimidating player in college football.
The perfect example was the 867-pound backfield with defensive linemen Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson both in at fullback for Derrick Henry’s one-yard touchdown plunge. Alabama wasn’t taking any chances, subtlety be damned.

Things got only more lopsided as the game progressed even though the Crimson Tide pretty much held the Heisman Trophy winner in reserve.

“You could kind of sense their frustration a little bit,” Jones said. “I could see it in their faces and it definitely gave us a little bit more hunger to keep going after them knowing that they’re getting affected by what we’re doing.”

By the time Jones made the score 24-0 with his 57-yard punt return for a touchdown, Spartans fans were having flashbacks of the previous time the two teams met: the Crimson Tide’s 49-7 victory in the Capital One Bowl at the end of the 2010 season.

That beatdown only sparked Alabama’s back-to-back championship runs in 2011 and 2012.

Yes, it all seems so familiar.

“We're two different teams, but for the most part, the focus is the same as when we went to Miami to play Notre Dame,” senior linebacker Reggie Ragland said. “We knew that we had a chip on our shoulder this year, and then losing to Ole Miss, we knew we had to get the job done.

“It's just one game left. Either win it all or don't.”
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Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:00 pm

Alabama responds to Clemson trash talk ahead of national championship

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Alabama is well aware of the trash talk coming from Clemson headed into tonight's national championship game.

The team has purposefully tried to stay above the fray, but there have been tweets and insinuations about comments Clemson players have made this week. All they had to do this week was turn on a television or go on the Internet to see strongly-worded comments from Clemson players like Mackensie Alexander.

"We don't pay it no mind," defensive lineman Jarran Reed said. "Obviously, they want some type of attention. We're not going to show them attention."

Reed said Alabama has no interest in returning fire because "we're here for business." Alabama players, used to being the hunted, seem to enjoy when another team talks trash and gives them bulletin board material. After a 38-0 blowout of Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, multiple Alabama players said they saw pregame trash talk from Spartans players and used it to motivate them.

Alabama players have plenty to choose from this week. Clemson players have complained about the Alabama "brand" and asserted that's the reason why Alabama is a seven-point favorite. Clemson defenders said they know Derrick Henry can be stopped and that Mackensie Alexander can shut down Alabama's top receiver Calvin Ridley. Clemson safety Jayron Kearse told ESPN after the Orange Bowl that Derrick Henry might have the trophy but the Tigers had the true winner in quarterback Deshaun Watson.

For a defensive lineman like Reed, he can think about Clemson offensive lineman Eric Mac Lain saying the Tide really hadn't been tested against the run this season.

"They still have to go out Monday, put on the pads and play," Reed said. "They can run their mouths all they want to, but when we play the game, it's different."
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That's why Alabama wins big tonight!
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Love those Clemson Tigers. Undefeated season and an excellent game against Alabama. Very proud. Thanks, Dabo. The boys fought all the way to the end. Integrity, sportsmanship, excellence. So proud! Looking forward to great years ahead.
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BIG WIN FOR THE ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
ALABAMA 45 CLEMSON 40
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AGAIN
4TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE PAST 7 YEARS
THE DYNASTY AT BAMA CONTINUES


Now every class signed by Nick Saban at #Alabama has won a national championship.

Congratulations to Clemson on playing a great hard fought game. Clemson has truly built a championship elite program. The Clemson football team and their fans are first class.
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Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:18 am

Congrats to Alabama! ---- but dang, what a game! Clemson fought to the end (and stayed within the spread?)
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ALABAMA'S 16TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
NICK SABAN'S 100TH ALABAMA WIN


Can I get a Roll Tide for Alabama's Dynasty?
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Way to go Alabama.. Roll Tide!
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:19 am

It was a fun game to watch. Perhaps "not quite" what the Texas/USC game was 10 years ago but a pretty darn exciting game. Clemson had a great year and no doubt will be back on top next year but they have only themselves to blame for not winning that game. They made stupid mistakes on at least 4 occasions that Alabama took advantage of and that is why the score turned the way it did. Alabama BEAT Michigan State. My opinion is Clemson LOST to Alabama. Alabama won against Clemson because they took advantage of mistakes on Clemson's part and for the most part, turned those into points. Good teams do that. Had Clemson not made those mistakes I firmly believe they might have won by at least 14 points. Had Alabama beaten Clemson 45 to 14....that is Alabama BEATING Clemson.

Congratulations to Alabama. No Saban is not going to the pros. He tried that once and failed. Saban's personality does not mesh with the pros. In college he has some control over those kids, in the pros, not a chance. Questions will arise now.....without Smart, will Bama have as solid of a DC? Will Kiffin once again try his hand at a head coaching job. Kiffin is NOT a head coach. He will fail at that.

Here is my prediction, as I have stated previously Saban has an ego and is a control freak, and those are undeniable. His goal, like Tiger Woods, is to be the best ever. Saban needs 2 more to overtake Bear Bryant. I believe he will remain coaching until that happens and then retire.
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