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Alabama OL Chris Owens defends Nick Saban, teammates after loss to Auburn

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The season did not end the way Alabama wanted it to, but it was a football campaign that developed leaders to produce a bright future.

One of those leaders is Chris Owens and the redshirt junior is not one for people criticizing his head coach and his teammates. 

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After a loss to Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, many chants of “Fire Saban” along with other negative statements were thrown at the program.

The Crimson Tide suffered its second blemish of the year and while it hurts to not make its sixth consecutive trip to the College Football Playoff, Owens took to Twitter to share a message to fair-weather fans and naysayers. 

Despite missing two games with an injury, the former four-star played in nine games – serving at center and tight end. Prior to Tua Tagovailoa sustaining a season-ending hip issue versus Mississippi State, Owens was assisting the junior quarterback to a Heisman season. 

Tagovailoa had 33 touchdown passes to three interceptions. 

Even at 10-2, the Tide has an opportunity to play in a good bowl. Per a couple of projections, Alabama could be in either the Citrus Bowl or the Cotton Bowl. Regardless of the venue that accepts Nick Saban and company, the team will be prepared to end the year on a strong note. 

This will be an interesting offseason, but Owens his behind his coach and his team. 

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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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