College Football

Tua: 'Lessons learned' from NCG loss

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) It's easier for Alabama to be humble now.

The Crimson Tide can thank Clemson for that, at least. There's nothing like a 44-16 drubbing in the national championship game to strip away any feelings of invincibility and self-satisfaction that come from scarcely getting challenged during the regular season on the way to another Southeastern Conference title.

"I know it sounds bad, but I'm glad I had that opportunity to feel a loss like that, because what can you learn from winning?" Tide quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday at Southeastern Conference media days. "You can't learn as much. But when you lose, you start appreciating things a lot more. Many lessons have been learned from that loss."

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