07/17 11:22 CDT The Latest: Alabama finds silver lining in title game loss
The Latest: Alabama finds silver lining in title game loss
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) --- The Latest on SEC media days (all times local):
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa believes Alabama learned "many lessons" from the
end-of-season drubbing at the hands of Clemson.
The Heisman Trophy runner-up says the team started to get satisfied and feel
invincible after being scarcely challenged in the regular season. Then came the
44-16 loss in the national championship game that made that feeling look like a
mirage in easily the most lopsided defeat of coach Nick Saban's tenure.
Tagovailoa said Wednesday at Southeastern Conference media days that he knows
it sounds bad, "but I'm glad I had that opportunity to feel a loss like that,
because what can you learn from winning? You can't learn as much. But when you
lose, you start appreciating things a lot more. Many lessons have been learned
from that loss."
Saban is counting on it with the Tide again among the national favorites. Even
before the Clemson blowout, Alabama had to rally to beat Georgia in the SEC
The coach says his team didn't play with the kind of discipline or preparation
it needed at the end of the season. Saban says there seemed to be "a lot of
distractions," and like his quarterback, he's hoping the team learned its
It's Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days.
Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat
as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season
Alabama took the most lopsided defeat of Saban's tenure after absorbing a 44-16
drubbing from Clemson in the national championship game.
This team returns plenty of offensive firepower. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was
the Heisman Trophy runner-up, and Jerry Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award as the
nation's top wide receiver.
Both Tagovailoa and Jeudy will be on hand at media days, along with linebacker
Alabama will be followed by Arkansas coach Chad Morris, Mississippi State's Joe
Moorhead and South Carolina's Will Muschamp, along with a few of their top
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