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“What’s next” for the Alabama Crimson Tide following its loss to Georgia for the title


Monday’s loss to Georgia in the national championship is prompting speculation on what’s next for the Crimson Tide.

A Mock NFL draft at CBS Sports has offensive lineman Evan Neal going to the New York Jets and wide receiver Jameson Williams going to the New Orleans Saints in the first round.

Alabama fans still appear to be smarting following Monday night’s loss to Georgia in the national championship.

Head coach Nick Saban is trying to focus on what went right for the team.

“Nobody can take away the SEC Championship from this team…the Cotton Bowl championship,” Saban told reporters in Indianapolis. “I’m extremely proud of everything that this team did to overcome to get to this position to have an opportunity to win the national championship. We just didn’t finish the way we needed to finish.”

The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Tide 33-18 ton win the 2022 national college football championship. Saban said he spent a lot of time talking with Georgia coach Kirby Smart following Monday’s game.

“If we had to lose a national championship, I rather lose one to one of the former assistants who did a great job for us, and has done a great job with his program and his team. If any team deserves, they deserve it,” Saban said.

While Evan Neal and Jameson Williams may leave the University of Alabama to pursue careers in the NFL, quarterback Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson are considered too young to be drafted. That means they can return to Tuscaloosa for the upcoming season. Also, published reports say tight end Jahleel Billingsley entered the transfer portal to leave Alabama.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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