Reamer Says Bama Reminded Of Mistake

How can Alabama players be expected to concentrate on Arkansas State when LSU is just around the corner? After all, this year's Alabama-LSU game in Baton Rouge on November 8 will probably be for the Southeastern Conference Western Division championship. And who can forget that Bama lost a heart-breaking one touchdown game to LSU last year?

There is one reason for Alabama players to keep focus. It's called Louisiana-Monroe. Last year the Crimson Tide's four-game swoon to end regular season play was at its lowest ebb when the Crimson Tide lost a 21-14 decision to ULM. Bama players were reminded of that game when they went to the Independence Bowl last year. A billboard on Interstate 20 in Monroe, not far from Shreveport, reminded all who passed—including most Tide players—of the result.

Maybe that billboard message helped Alabama in its Independence Bowl win over Colorado, which broke a four-game losing streak and is now the first victory in a current nine-game Bama winning streak.

And maybe that is why Alabama players are being reminded of the ULM game as they prepare for this week's contest against Arkansas State.

Alabama is 8-0 and ranked second in the nation. On Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium the Tide will host the Arkansas State Red Wolves of the Sun Belt Conference. Arkansas State is 4-3, but one of the victories was the season-opening win over Texas A&M (18-14) in College Station. Kickoff will be at 2 p.m. The only television is Pay-Per-View.

Alabama linebacker Cory Reamer said there are reminders of last year's tide loss to Louisiana-Monroe "everywhere. He's never going to let that go. That was a big mistake by us. He's never going to let that happen again."

"He" would be Alabama Coach Nick Saban.

Reamer said the reminders are "just posters from games last year that we should have won, people we should have beaten. It's just a constant reminder of mistakes that we had last year that you can't make if you want to be a good football. They're all over the locker room, meeting rooms, all over the place."

Reamer said practice had been going "pretty good so far. We've still got a couple of days of work we've got to get in, but we've done a good job of installing and learning what they're going to be doing on offense and on defense and preparing for them."

He said Arkansas State, which scored 83 points against Texas Southern earlier this year, has "a good team, a bunch of explosive players who can make plays on both sides of the ball. They're capable of making big plays and we've got to be ready for them. You can't let off on a week like this, because they can sneak up and beat you. They're a good football team."

Reamer, 6-4, 218, is the starting strongside linebacker. The junior from Hoover, who came to Bama as a strong safety, is usually out of the game in passing situations, but has made 12 primary tackles and assisted on nine others. He has four tackles for loss and also has a sack and a caused fumble.

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