Alabama arrived in New Orleans on Friday, and we got to hear from the Crimson Tide for the first time. Here is a little from Bama all-American linebacker C.J. Mosley.
On being named to the Senior Bowl: “It is an honor for me – especially since the game is in my hometown (Mobile, Ala.) and I always watched it growing up. It will be a good experience getting to talk to all of the NFL teams and coaches and going through that NFL type of experience.”
On playing in his last game for Alabama: “The first thing we are focused on is getting the win. We have to make sure we are focused on the right things.”
On facing outside distractions during preparation: “We have to make sure that everyone is staying focused. The main thing is that when we get to practice we are doing the same things that we have done all year. We had eight practices in a row leading up to this, and everyone had the right mindset then. We had great practices and got our bodies back in shape. We have these practices the next few days and if we practice well, we will have a good chance to win.”
On OU’s receivers: “They have got a lot of quick guys, and they like to spread them out. They run a lot of bubble screens and slants to get them moving around the field. Our defensive backs will have to do a good job holding them up and containing the routes. They are a fast-paced team.”
On OU’s quarterbacks: “They have one that is more of a passing quarterback – he is tall and a bigger guy. The other is more of an athletic quarterback,and if we contain him on the pass, he can still get out and scramble. We have to do a good job there both for the linebackers and defensive backs.”
On the break between the regular-season finale and the Sugar Bowl: “We had our break and got to go home for Christmas, but now we are ready to get our bodies and minds in shape. We had eight great, physical practices before the break and established our plan. Now we just need to pick up where we left off in Tuscaloosa.”