Alabama DB: We Are Bringing Back Our Identity

The Tide haven't forgotten about what happened against Clemson, Trevon Diggs says, but they are doing something about it

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August 12, 2019 - 12:27 pm
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The last time Alabama took the field, it was embarrassed. Clemson throttled the Crimson Tide, 44-16, in the national championship, ending the game with 30 unanswered points.

The Tide haven’t forgotten.

“In reality, you’re not going to forget what happened,” Alabama captain and defensive back Trevon Diggs said on The DA Show. “But I feel like (we should) focus on this year and focus on what we have in store for this year. We know how hard we’re working this year to make things better and make sure we don’t get ourselves in a situation like that again.”

How does the team do that?

“Bringing back our identity,” Diggs said. “Being able to run the ball very effectively, stopping the run on defense, getting off the field on third down – getting back to the things we’re mainly known for.”

Diggs was asked if Alabama got away from some of those things last season.

“Yes, I feel like we did,” he said. “I feel like we missed a couple small details. At the end of the day, the football game is a game of inches, and if you don’t have little details down, things aren’t going to go your way.”

The Tide have a manageable start to the season, but they do play Texas A&M (Oct. 12) and Auburn (Nov. 30) on the road this season. They host LSU on Nov. 9.

Alabama is preparing for those games now.

“Practice,” Diggs said. “Doing everything right in practice. Focusing on the little details in practice. Not taking the shortcut way. Doing things the right way and holding everyone accountable to doing their job.”

Diggs, by the way, is the younger brother of Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The two are extremely close.

“I lean on him a lot,” the younger Diggs said. “There’s always something that I’m curious about, something new that I’m learning, so I’m always asking him different questions and different things about the game that he knows and stuff that he’s been through. I always ask him anything.”