Hot reads: What's next for Alabama's title game hero?

Hot reads: What's next for Alabama's title game hero?

Hot reads: What's next for Alabama's title game hero?

It's a play that will live on in college football lore - much like Deshaun Watson's last-second touchdown pass in the 2017 championship game.

To no surprise, Alabama - who defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the national title on Monday night - finished the season as the No. 1 team in the college football AP Poll.

Leatherwood, a five-star prospect out of high school, was a Parade and USA Today All-American his senior year. "I'm just so grateful because God has blessed me more than I could ever imagine". If the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship taught all of us one thing, it was that lesson. "I'm so happy for him and so happy for the team".

Tagovailoa triggered the offense in the third quarter and helped the Crimson Tide regain their confidence. But Tagovailoa showed poise in the pocket and made some impressive passes - an aspect of the game that is still considered something of a weakness for Hurts.

If you listened closely to Alabama coach Nick Saban's postgame interview, you might've caught something familiar.

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"We're running out of the tunnel (Monday night), and this guy over here next to me, 27, comes by me and says, 'I'll go anywhere with you, and I'll follow you anywhere, and I'll fight for you because I believe in you'". "You put us in a position by the plays that you made and the way you played all year long".

The game came down to a dramatic, almost-unbelievable final play, in which Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa found receiver DeVonta Smith in the end zone. Georgia had plenty of chances to win the game outside of these two plays.

"I couldn't be prouder of him taking advantage of the opportunity", Saban said.

Georgia played until the end and they even took back the lead in OT when Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 51-yard field goal. Do the math: In the past nine-plus seasons, Alabama has been No. 1 in 48.1 percent of its games.

One guarantee heading into Monday night was that the champion was from the Southeastern Conference, which Alabama (SEC West) and Georgia (SEC East) are both members. He maintained a similar demeanor when the locker room opened to reporters, wearing a wide smile and reiterating what, to him, was most important. How many times do you hear a coach utter some kind of regret after a game because he did not pull an established player when a change was needed? Fromm, who was among the most positive members of the team following the loss brushed off any signs of despair with an optimistic "hope to be back next year".

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