Alabama defense trying to focus on Texas

Cory Reamer (WBRC photo)
Cory Reamer (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Alabama linebacker Cory Reamer admits staying focused on the game plan is easier said than done.

"It's definitely difficult," Reamer said Sunday to reporters. "With as much as we've got going on, having to travel to California, a lot of the media building up this 'David and Goliath' story, then coming out here and having to talk to you about being in the National Championship game."

But the senior from Hoover, Ala., says Coach Saban has done a good job of getting everyone focused on the mission.

"He knew exactly how we were going to be try to set up," Reamer said. "He did a good job of making sure we didn't fall into that."

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 13-0, will play the No. 2 Texas Longhorns, 13-0, on Thursday in the Citi BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif.  Texas earned a spot in the game after narrowly defeating Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game. Defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington said that game has helped them prepare for Texas.

"Nebraska kept pressure on (quarterback) Colt McCoy the entire game," Washington said. "It wasn't just (Ndamukong) Suh, but the whole Nebraska defensive front. Obviously, they made a comittment before the game they weren't going to be stopped.

Defensive linebacker Rolondo McClain said staying focused on McCoy will be critical.

"Colt McCoy is a very good athlete," McClain said. "We just have to keep pressure on him as well as contain him, just like we did Tim Tebow in the last game."

McClain said there is not much difference between SEC and Big 12 football.

"At the end of the day, it's football," McClain said. "We're a very good team, and we're going to face a very good team."

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