Read ##Alabama Football## News: 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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