HOOVER, Ala. -- For the second time in three years, Alabama enters the football season as the defending national champion. Crimson Tide players still cringe at the complacency that followed their 2009 national title and contributed to a three-loss season in 2010. They vow not to have a similar letdown this fall after winning last season’s national title.
“Coach [Nick] Saban said ‘no complacency’ [in 2010] … but for some reason we just didn’t buy into it,” center Barrett Jones recalled during Alabama’s appearance Thursday at SEC Media Days. “It’s not going to sneak up on us this year. We know that we have to, if anything, work harder this year than last year. We have a lot of guys from that 2010 season, and we all had a bad feeling from that season and don’t want to feel that way again.”
Said tight end Michael Williams: “We saw what can happen, what complacency did to us. We’re very determined to not let that happen to this year’s team.”
Saban said this team has had “a really good off-season” and “seems to be less affected by the previous year.”
“Having success in a football program can have two effects,” Saban said. “You can demand more success, or you can get a little complacent and be relaxed about what you have accomplished, really think more about what you did rather than what you’re going to do.
“… This team seems to be very much committed to creating an identify for themselves,” Saban said.
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