Damion Square thought it would sink in when he walked off the practice field today in Tuscaloosa. He thought wrong. The fifth-year senior defensive end will play his last game for Alabama on Monday, when the Crimson Tide squares off against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship. He’s acknowledged the thought of it being his final game in an Alabama uniform and he’s certainly been asked about it plenty, but he’s yet to fully embrace it. Why?
Texan Damion Square now understands Tennessee rivalry ‘like anybody that’s been an Alabama fan for 60 years’
Damion Square is from Houston, Texas. When he was growing up, he knew nothing about Alabama’s rivalry with Tennessee or little about the Crimson Tide’s rivalry with Auburn. Now he’s a fifth-year senior defensive end. The Third Saturday in October has been stressed for years.
Damion Square grew up more than a few hours from where Alabama will face Michigan for its 2012 season opener. That matters little to the senior defensive end. It’s still Texas, a place Alabama hasn’t played at since the 2005 Cotton Bowl.
HOOVER – In 2011, Damion Square was part of a defensive line unit, led by Nick Gentry and Josh Chapman, that led not only the Southeastern Conference, but the NCAA in rushing defense, with opponents averaging a paltry 72.2 yards a game.
We took the time to ask some of the fans for their predictions on the upcoming Crimson Tide season.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Damion Square leaned forward as some genuine excitement tried to break through the grasp of his typically mellow tone. Children often bring out the best in parents. This Christmas is special for Square, who will share it with his newborn son for the first time. “No doubt,” Square said. “It’s a special time of the year. … It’s his first Christmas. I look forward to enjoying it with him.”
Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square was asked about it Thursday. “That is very surprising,” Square said. “I think he had it misunderstood. I think Santa Claus was scared of him.”
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The nation’s No. 2 team has the nation’s No. 1 defense. The Crimson Tide has been punishing opponents this season. “It’s exciting to do what we do,” junior defensive end Damion Square said. “It’s exciting to make a tackle or make a big play and change the momentum of the game.” In this video, he says execution will be the key to defeating Tennessee on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.