A war of words has begun between Alabama safety Landon Collins and Oklahoma fans.
In a Thursday story on ESPN.com, Alabama safety Landon Collins candidly spoke his mind about the Crimson Tide’s season-ending 45-31 loss at the hands of the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl, and since then he has taken heat from OU fans on Twitter.
“That just fires it up, because we know what type of defense we are,” Collins said when speaking of the motivation the lackluster Sugar Bowl performance provides for the defense. “We already know what we are capable of. Just to hear that we got picked apart by an offense that shouldn’t have been on the field with us, that’s a disgrace to Alabama defense. We need to pick it up from that standpoint.”
That comment, specifically when Collins said that the OU offense “shouldn’t have been on the field” with the ‘Bama defense, drew this response from Gabe Ikard, a starting offensive lineman for last year’s Sooners squad.
After hearing it from Oklahoma fans on Twitter through the day, Collins decided to respond with a series of tweets.
I guess OU fans fill some way lol 😂😂😂y'all feel some type of way...but y'all coming at me like I care about y'all...watch our successe— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) April 17, 2014
Plus OU when the last time y'all played for a BCS or was in the running smh lol respect the SEC— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) April 17, 2014
Much love to y'all bruh...but all in all son y'all riding off one game...smh play for the BCS then talk noise..something that we always do— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) April 17, 2014
Collins does have a point that Oklahoma has not seen the same kind of success that Alabama has in recent years, but it’s hard to take him seriously when the team he is criticizing put 38 points and 429 yards on Collins’ defense, including 348 passing yards from a then-mostly unproven Trevor Knight.
Collins kept going, though, this time pointing out Alabama’s NFL pedigree.
One more thing how many NFL players #OU producing...that are first round at that...let me know who is the better team now 💯— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) April 17, 2014
Y'all all keep sending the same stuff...anymore new information??— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) April 18, 2014
I must really touched some feelings lol 😂😂😂— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) April 18, 2014
I must be doing something right...cuz all I see is hatred about the truth...we all love this sport💯— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) April 18, 2014
Ikard then left us with this parting shot.
I may not be a 1st rounder or a national champion, but until my dying day... I am 1-0 against Alabama.#Boomer— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) April 18, 2014
Now we can really hope for a rematch in a bowl game, or even better, next year’s College Football Playoff.
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