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Is Alabama football missing the passion of Bo Davis on its coaching staff?

Bo Davis on the sideline for 2016 CFP National Title Game off 2015 season
Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Bo Davis is an old-school, no-nonsense coach.

At 51 years old, the native Mississippian is one of the most passionate position coaches in college football. He has been a winner throughout his career, molding young men and not sugarcoating anything. He won a BCS National Championship in 2003 at Louisiana State University on Nick Saban’s coaching staff.

Davis served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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He won two national titles at Alabama (2009, 2015) in two different stints with the program.

Davis coached some of the meanest defensive linemen of the Saban era. He tutored impactful names such as Marcell Dareus, Terrence Cody, Jesse Williams, Damion Square, A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Jonathan Allen, Dalvin Tomlinson, Da’Ron Payne, and Da’Shawn Hand. During his time in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide was known for sacking quarterbacks, creating turnovers, having fun, and making plays.

He was hard on those players, but they loved him.

Davis is in his second stint at the University of Texas as its defensive line coach. The Longhorns suffered its fourth straight loss versus Iowa State. After getting handled 30-7, Davis was not pleased upon getting on the team’s bus. Texas allowed 23 first downs, 476 yards offensively, and 175 yards rushing.

Davis let out a passionate statement — filled with expletives — but he wears his desire to be the best on his sleeve. Davis is a winner.

He hates losing more than he loves winning.

He loves players that fight and that are self-motivated to dominate the opponent.

Davis has not seen it from this Texas team, and it has frustrated him.

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Since he departed from Tuscaloosa, the Tide has been lacking passion. Some players have it, but some do not. Athletes feed off the mentality of coaches, and we have not seen enough coaches with the fire for Alabama this season. Davis had it in his six years (2007-10, 2014-15) coaching defensive linemen for the Tide. His love for the game brought the “dog mentality” out of several players who were drafted to the National Football League.

In its national championship years (2009, 2015) with Davis, Alabama allowed 11.7 and 15.1 points per game. The defensive line had 32 of 83 sacks combined for both years, equaling near 40 percent.

No one knows if Davis will return to the Tide, but his passion is missed.

He was fired shortly after the 2015 season for a recruiting violation, but it is time for Davis to come home.

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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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