Alabama players expressed their disappointment with losing twice last season, and they will use their newfound hunger as motivation for the upcoming season.
The Alabama Crimson Tide entered 2013 as the favorites to win the BCS national championship, and they would have won their third in a row if they had succeeded. They looked primed to three-peat as the end of November approached. However, their national title hopes were dashed after they were upset by their bitter rival, the Auburn Tigers.
Auburn won as regulation time expired when cornerback Chris Davis returned a missed field goal for the winning touchdown. The Crimson Tide experienced further disappointment in the Sugar Bowl when the Oklahoma Sooners shocked the college football world by upsetting the Crimson Tide, 45-31.
Alabama players, such as wide receiver Amari Cooper, have expressed their disappointment with losing. “The losses, it humbles you and it makes you hungry and aware of how losing feels, and you don’t want to feel that way again,” Cooper said.
The Crimson Tide will find it challenging to win another championship though since they will have to replace quarterback A.J. McCarron among other key players, including linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix.