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Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II ready for marquee CFP title game performance

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Regardless of the criticism from social media, he did not have a poor performance against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to end 2018. Alabama’s freshman cornerback, Patrick Surtain II defended Sooners’ receiver Ceedee Lamb fairly well, but perfectly placed throws from Kyler Murray made the difference. 

A five-star from Plantation, Fla., Surtain eyes a bounce back outing at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night as the Crimson Tide faces Clemson for a national championship. He earned recognition for a third All-Freshman Team, seeing how the Southeastern Conference, Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America all like Surtain.

He accounts for 36 total tackles, six pass breakups and one interception; however, he wants to prove critics wrong. 

RELATED: Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle, Patrick Surtain II named to third All-Freshman Team

In this edition of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine breaks down Surtain’s matchup with Lamb and discusses how the College Football Playoff semifinal will go a long way into maturing him moving forward. 

Check out the podcast below.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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