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“You don’t want to say too many times because that’s a pretty complacent answer,” tight end Brian Vogler said. “It’s definitely an emphasis that we’re focusing on. We really want to focus everything we have on getting our best potential out there.”

To Saban, that means concentrating on winning, not past successes.

“There’s no external factors that matter at all to any player on our team,” he said. “It’s all about how they perform in this game. It’s not what they did last year, it’s not about the girlfriend, it’s not about anything but playing this game. None of it means anything unless you make it mean something.”

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