Alabama DL Quinnen Williams hilariously stops himself from trash-talking Kyler Murray


Graduate of the University of Florida.

Williams was asked about the Heisman victor Thursday before Saturday's Orange Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 4 Alabama.

"Most definitely", junior linebacker Anfernee Jennings said about having a little extra motivation.

When Murray overtook Tagovailoa - somewhat controversially - and won the Heisman Trophy three weeks ago, this matchup took on a bit of a new flavor. On the night, Murray completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 417 yards and three touchdowns through the air while adding another score on the ground to go with his 109 yards rushing. Any time you give up that many points, we're not going to let anybody else take the blame but us, and as the leader of the defense, that falls on me.

Murray walked off the field with a towel draped over his head, and he cried in the locker room over the outcome.

All he could think about was the way the season ended.

"Me and Kyler just told each other, 'Great game, '" Tagovailoa said. I wouldn't trade it for anything. "I'm a confident guy".

"We're not really satisfied".

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Leading up to the College Football Playoff semifinal games on December 29, coaches and players have standard media availability to talk about the upcoming heavyweight bouts. Like how he's not a very good cook. "Oklahoma has got a great program and a great team, a great offensive team for sure, a lot of weapons, a lot of firepower".

Murray trailed off before shrugging his shoulders.

The nation's top-ranked offense endured a night when All-American wide receiver Marquise Brown failed to catch a pass while playing next door to his hometown of Hollywood, Fla. The answer for me is no, though they'll likely keep it within two touchdowns.

"It's not the result we wanted or expected", Riley said. Neither happened. They almost had a takeaway deep in Clemson territory in the first quarter, but a loose ball was ruled barely out of bounds by replay review.

The 289-pound defensive lineman nearly slipped up when fielding a question about Murray and whether he's ever gone up against a quarterback like that.

"It's never bad to have options", Murray said Thursday, "but right now my main focus is this game". I'd feel much more comfortable with Alabama at -3.5 than I am with Saban's crewing being favored by almost a touchdown. If a team really wants him, they would have to draft him early on, and maybe that could convince him to stay with football. "I mean, they had a hard time covering him".

Alabama didn't waste any time showing off Tagovailoa's skillset. Even in a loss, Murray made history with his legs. Although a decision about his future awaits, he was asked about his Oklahoma legacy. Losing the Heisman to Murray was not a huge injustice because of just how good Murray was in every facet and in closing out the year. I think that's why we're recruiting the way we are and that's obviously I think one of the first places that you see it. You step on campus make a name for yourself, make the place better than you found it.