When surveying some of the Alabama players, they believe the program they will face on Monday in Clemson mirrors a lot of their build.
Outside linebacker Christian Miller, the Columbia, SC native who knows as much about Clemson as anyone from his Palmetto State roots, knows what to expect when he sees orange on the other side.
For a player like Missouri native TE Hale Hentges, he also left the shadows of a Power Five program to answer the call from Nick Saban. He believes Alabama has developed his game, and the result of last year’s matchup provided the hunger to get back and see the Tigers again.
For two seniors on this team, Monday could spell their last time suiting up for the Crimson Tide. Both defensive end Da’Shawn Hand and cornerback Anthony Averett believe they have what it takes to extend their season.
Head Coach Nick Saban expects Miller, who is rehabbing from injury to make a significant impact in the game on Monday.
Miller will be called upon to compensate for the losses of Shaun Dion Hamilton, Dylan Moses and Hootie Jones in the linebacking corps.
The Crimson Tide also will return Mack Wilson and Terrell Lewis to the fold in addition to Miller.
While Nick Saban stopped short of comparing the two programs, he did notice some characteristics of Clemson that are similar to Alabama’s program.
Clemson and Alabama face off at 8:45 Monday night in the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome.