January 3, 2014
Alabama seniors go out on sour note
NEW ORLEANS | The University of Alabama seniors who stepped onto the field against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night lacked their usual composure in the 45-31 loss to the Sooners.
Their last game in crimson capped a 46-7 - 60-7 for those who redshirted during the 2009 season - career at Alabama. Those who were at UA for five years won three national championships, two Southeastern Conference championships and four bowl games.
"I'd like to recognize the seniors, three of whom are here tonight as captains, who have had an unprecedented career at the University of Alabama in terms of what they've been able to accomplish," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. "Winning 60 games over five years is a really significant accomplishment for them, and they have been great ambassadors for the program, both on and off the field, in terms of their performance as well as how they've represented themselves, their family and the institution."
Despite their resume, the seniors were unable to finish their careers at Alabama with a win. The loss to Oklahoma following the loss at Auburn is the only losing streak for the seniors.
Quarterback AJ McCarron threw for a career-high 387 yards but also threw two interceptions. Linebacker C.J. Mosley made six tackles, five solo, against Oklahoma after 10 solos and four assists in the Iron Bowl. He finished his career third on the Alabama career tackles list with 319.
"The biggest leader to me on the team was guys like C.J. Mosley and AJ McCarron 'cause C.J was kind of a quiet leader," place kicker Cade Foster said. "He always led by example, always did the right things off the field, and you just got to admire guys like that, and you know the fame these guys get and how selfless they are and how they always give credit to other people ... is the most admirable characteristic any of these guys have, and it's going to take them far in life."
Wide receiver Kevin Norwood had two receptions for a total of 30 yards in his final game for UA. He said it hit him that it was his final game of the season.
"Just thinking back on the lives we've affected, man, just all the things we accomplished, and how hard we worked to get here, and ... not the way we wanted it to end, but I mean, hey, I can't complain," Norwood said. "I won three national championships, got two degrees, and made some really good friends along the way, and I was just real blessed."
He finished his senior season with 568 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
"Kevin's been an amazing athlete," Foster said. "The catch I'll remember from Kevin is in 2011, the national championship game, when he got one over Tyrann Mathieu. And, you know, he's had a number of catches like that, and he's left his mark on this school forever."
Cornerback Deion Belue, who played two seasons at UA, had a season-high six tackles against Oklahoma.
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