MOBILE, Ala. — Alabama and Clemson players are practicing together just two weeks after going head to head in the national championship game.
Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jarran Reed laughed when asked about his new teammates.
“Yeah, I talked to ‘em,” he said with a big grin. “There’s no love lost. But we’re getting close out here. We’re all cool. We’re all here to do the same thing.”
Clemson defensive lineman D.J. Reader was not smiling.
“All the mistakes, I wish I could do over again,” he said. “You hate to make ‘em. You don’t want to make ‘em. But they happen.”
Both teams’ players are still wearing their national title game stickers on the back of their helmets.
The Tigers can’t help but feel a little down when they see crimson helmets in the same huddle.
“It’s still gonna hurt,” Reader said. “But you’ve gotta keep moving forward.”
Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones insisted he “didn’t talk about the game that much” with Reader and Clemson receiver Charone Peake.
“When we first got here, it was like, ‘Man, we just saw each other.’ That type of thing,” Jones said. “But we’re teammates now, so there’s nothing really to say to them.”
Still, his face brightened when reminded that he got an extended scouting report on Peake two weeks prior.
“It was good going up against him in practice,” he said before flashing a smile. “I already got to go up against him for 60 minutes.”
The Senior Bowl kicks off Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).