Averett: Clemson Was A Revenge Game

After losing to Clemson in the national championship, Alabama took care of business in the playoff semifinal in January

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March 27, 2018 - 11:39 am

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Anthony Averett played several positions in high school – on both offense and defense – but when he arrived at Alabama in 2013, Nick Saban knew where he wanted him: cornerback.

“I wanted to play corner, but I don’t think I realized how hard it would be,” Averett said on The DA Show. “But he started me from the ground-up. I didn’t really know too much about corner or anything, and my freshman year, that’s just how things got started. It wasn’t easy, but we worked together, me and Coach Saban. Now I’m blessed. I’m one of the best corners in the draft. We’ll see what happens.”

Averett, who ran a 4.36 40 at the Combine, is a projected first-round pick.

He can thank Saban for that.

“Oh, a lot. Every day,” Averett said, when asked how often Saban worked directly with Averett at Alabama. “He’s even in there during film sessions with our DB coach, but he pretty much is our DB coach as well. He’s definitely hands-on. He’s the main reason I came to Alabama. I wanted to play corner, and I feel like he is the best corner coach ever. When he came to watch film or just on the field, him just teaching us technique, he’s there 100 percent. That was pretty much the main reason why I chose Alabama.”

Averett also chose Alabama because he knew he would play in big games. He left Tuscaloosa a three-time SEC champion and two-time national champion.

Beating Clemson in this year's semifinal was especially sweet, especially after losing to the Tigers at the last second in January 2017.

“I know a lot of people wouldn’t say revenge, but I definitely would say that,” Averett said. “The year before, losing to Deshaun Watson, that definitely hurt us. It hurt us on the last play. We just wanted to come out this year – we knew we had a chance to play them again – we just wanted to come out and prove to everybody that we could actually finish.”

Clemson scored 75 points against Alabama in their first two playoff match-ups. This time around, however, the Tigers mustered only six. Alabama led 10-3 at halftime and won 24-6.

“We felt like we didn’t do well enough in the first half, but we finished off in the second half against Clemson,” Averett said. “The main thing was we just really wanted to finish. It wasn’t all about revenge, but we wanted to finish and get that W.”