A pregame dust-up between Alabama and UGA players belied the dominance later produced by the Crimson Tide in a 38-10 win Saturday, but it made for some great theater and, according to one defender, motivational fuel.
“We took it as a sort of disrespect,” Alabama safety Eddie Jackson said to Michael Casagrande of al.com. “But like I said, it was going to motivate us. It’s what got us going but we still have to focus on what we had to accomplish.”
After the game, starters from both sides weighed in on the apparent confrontation. And whereas the Bulldogs might have been a little too energized before kickoff, Alabama channeled the heated exchange the eventual beatdown it dished out at Sanford Stadium.
To be able to put the situation aside with such remarkable poise shows how this year’s Alabama players have grown since Ole Miss defeated them two weeks ago.
“You have to keep your cool and just go out and be ready to warm up and not worry about all that jibber jabber,” said Reggie Ragland, a senior linebacker for the Tide.
Almost got ugly pre game. Alabama and Georgia players barking. Refs separate them. pic.twitter.com/0rzui88i5O
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) October 3, 2015