Alabama begins practice for National Championship matchup with #2 Clemson
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football returned to practice in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since the Tide’s 45-34 win over No. 4 Oklahoma in last Saturday’s College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl. The Tide spent two hours outdoors on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields, working in spider pads and shorts.
The Tuesday workout was the Crimson Tide’s first in a string of six practices leading up to Alabama’s national title pairing with No. 2 Clemson. The two teams will meet at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., for the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7. Alabama and Clemson are set for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff on ESPN with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game from the booth and Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor on the sidelines.
Monday’s game will be the 19th meeting all-time between the Crimson Tide and Tigers and the fourth in as many seasons – all coming in the College Football Playoff. Alabama holds the all-time advantage, 14-4, including a 2-1 mark in the Playoffs. The two teams last met in the 2018 CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 in New Orleans, La., with UA posting a dominant 24-6 win over the Tigers inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Also on Tuesday, Alabama had four players selected as semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, The Lombardi Foundation announced. Included in the list of 23 candidates for the award were sophomores Jerry Jeudy and Tua Tagovailoa along with redshirt sophomore Quinnen Williams and junior left tackle Jonah Williams. The Lombardi is presented annually to an NCAA Division I football player, regardless of position, based on performance and leadership as well as character and resiliency. This year’s finalist list will be released between Jan. 7-20.