Johnson reacts to BCS title win

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Alabama junior linebacker Nico Johnson gives his reaction on winning a second national championship with the Crimson Tide. | Courtesy photo/Alabama Athetics

Nico Johnson couldn’t find the words to express how he felt on winning the BCS National Championship for the second time.

“I’m speechless,” the Alabama junior linebacker and Andalusia native said following the Crimson Tide’s 21-0 shutout over LSU on Monday night in New Orleans to win their 14th national championship.

Alabama’s defense held LSU to 92 yards on offense, and squandered any chances for starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson to make any big plays.

Johnson said how the team executed so well goes back to one thing — focus.

“We had way more focus than we did the first game and it showed,” he said. “We had intensity for 60 minutes. I think this is probably the first complete game we played on the defensive side.

“We had more intensity and more focus,” he said.

Johnson finished his second national championship game appearance with four tackles — two solo, two assists. He completed the season with 47 tackles — 25 solo, 22 assists.

When asked if he thought “shutout” before the game, Johnson said it didn’t cross the team’s mind.

“We just wanted to come in and play to 60 (minutes),” he said, “and if we had to go more, keep going.”

The Crimson Tide did do more, winning their second national championship in three years.

Ken Rogers of the Dothan Eagle contributed to this story.