Norman (Okla.) North put up more than 30 points for the third straight game to open the season on Friday against Oklahoma City (Okla.) Westmoore, but it wasn't enough in a 45-31 shootout loss. David Cornwell and the Timberwolves are now 1-2 on the season.
"Obviously we didn't play our best game, with a young defense we need to score or drive on every drive," he said. "I'm proud of the line and how they blocked, also the receivers made great plays."
The future Tide arm did his part, throwing for 340 yards and a trio of touchdowns without turning the ball over.
"Great calls from coach, we just executed," Cornwell said of why he was able to be successful. "When plays weren't there I scrambled and had the wideouts make plays. They dropped eight men in coverage most of the game, so I needed to squeeze it in tight windows."
Scrambling to throw is something one would see plenty from the No. 5 quarterback in the country more this season than in year's past since he was considered a dual-threat before 2013.
"I loved running until I got hit so many times I got sick of picking myself off the turf," he said. "That was last year, now I slide or get out of bounds. I know my game is in the pocket shedding tackles, not jukes on the perimeter."
Cornwell and the T-wolves next hit the road as the stakes rise against a familiar opponent.
"We got districts now, so everything counts," he said. "Midwest City (Okla.) has one of the best defenses in the state, we have a tough mindset in practice this week."
Alabama's mindset may be the same after a not-so-convincing win over Colorado State on Saturday with an SEC opponent on the horizon.
"Those wins aren't as easy as people think, those are the ones that sneak up on you," Cornwell said of the Crimson Tide's game. "Also. sorry to hear about (T.J.) Yeldon (suspended for the first quarter), but good to see Coach (Nick) Saban won't put any individual above the team.
"I'll be at the Ole Miss game this weekend."
The Rebels will travel into Tuscaloosa undefeated with an offense that is making headlines because of their play on the field and their attitude off of it. The senior thinks Hugh Freeze and company are in for a reality check.
"I see it the same as Mississippi State last year (a 38-7 UA win)," he said. "Everyone will think it will be close but 'Bama blows them out."
Cornwell wasn't planning on returning to Tuscaloosa this early in the season, but his potential roommate on campus will also be in town for the game.
"Cameron Robinson, he asked me to go (to the game) and I look forward to seeing him again," he said.
As if that weren't indication enough, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder made it clear that other schools in pursuit aren't getting much of a look from him now-a-days.
"I love Alabama and look forward to being there in January," Cornwell said, though he hasn't been recruiting as much as he once did for the class. "I've been leaving that stuff to the staff unless they ask me.