Alabama defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson is entering the NFL Draft, and he will move on to the next stage of life with nothing but positive memories from his time in Tuscaloosa – even though the last game didn’t end how he wanted.
Alabama lost to Clemson, 35-31, in the national championship, thus ending a 26-game winning streak.
“With the defensive players I played with this year, I’m going to remember the good times,” Tomlinson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “The bond we shared on the defense and the brotherhood we shared is something I’ll never forget.”
That’s understandable. The Tide allowed seven points or fewer in seven games this season and scored more points on defense than some teams scored on offense.
It was remarkable.
“We always went out there with the mindset that we have to stop the offense,” Tomlinson said. “After that, we wanted to get the turnovers as much as possible – and when we get the ball in our hands, we wanted to get in the end zone as soon as possible to help our team get more points and make it a lot easier on the offense.”
Unfortunately for Tomlinson, he never found the end zone.
“There was a joke going around on the team that I was one of the few (defensive) people that didn’t score,” he said, laughing. “I was anxious to get into the end zone and I had a couple of opportunities, but it didn’t pan out like I thought it was going to. But yeah, we always challenged each other to get into the end zone. I wish I had got in there.”
Regardless of which coach Tomlinson plays for in the NFL, it won’t compare to playing for Nick Saban.
“It was an amazing experience simply because Coach Saban expects the best out of you each and every day,” Tomlinson said. “Just to go to the practice field with your teammates pushing you and you’re pushing them, just sharing the brotherhood we had on our team this year, just going out there and getting better every day, was a great experience. I’m blessed to play for a coach like that (who wanted) to make me better each and every day.”