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John L: Playing former assistants is like fighting your brother

With the Arkansas and Alabama match up just around the corner this weekend, John L. Smith was asked about a few guys that he has close ties to that are now part of Alabama's staff.

Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was actually the first quarterback that Smith recruited at Idaho, and he later went on the win the Walter Payton Award as a D-I AA player before coaching with Smith after his professional career ended, and Crimson Tide offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland served as Smith's offensive line coach while he was the head coach at Michigan State.

Yesterday, John L. was asked about what it is like to line up on the opposite sideline against some of his former assistants.

"The day you play them you have great loyalty and great love for people. They have been a part of you and a part of your family."

"Going against them is like wanting to beat your brother. You never want to lose against your brother. I'm sure you've gotten in fist fights with your brother growing up right?" Smith explained.

"You'd come out all bloodied up, but you still wanted to beat him right? That's the way it is. You want to get after each other."

 

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