Fight for the title: Does the Tide have what it takes?

Source: Andrea Wright
Source: Andrea Wright

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WAFF) - For the second time in three seasons, Alabama begins the quest in 2012 to win two straight national championships, something that has never been done in the BCS era.

The road won't be easy with road games in Fayetteville, Baton Rouge and then threes the Iron Bowl.

The biggest challenge may be trying to forget last season's accomplishments, something the 2010 team failed to accomplish.

The talk surrounding this year's Alabama football team is not being complacent and forgetting about the past. In 2010, the Tide were coming off the schools 13th national championship, and arguably had the most talented football team in the country, but leadership issues along with compliancy, blocked the tide from reaching the top of the mountain.

It's a feeling that this year's seniors remember and are quick to remind the younger guys coming off their 14th national title.

"You just want those guys to come and work every day, not to try and feel that feeling even though they never felt it before," said Tide defensive end Damion Square.

To grab number 15 this year, plenty of new faces are going to have to step up. Once again, there is talent on this year's team, albeit young talent. However, can they show the talent on the field?

"We just have to teach the younger guys that it's not about showing up and wearing those beautiful crimson jerseys and getting wins," said Outland Trophy Winner, Barrett Jones. "Teams just don't give up in football – it's about hard work. Where we got, where we are today, is by working hard."

"Once you're on top, you feel like you don't want to become entitled and become complacent, so you do everything you can to not let that happen," said tight end, Michael Williams.

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