University of Alabama

Brian Vogler, LaMichael Fanning soak in second straight national title

To experience a national title once was incredible, formerBrookstone football star and current Alabama tight end Brian Vogler said after his teamdefeated Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS title game on Monday night.

To do it twice was “unfathomable.”

Vogler said he thinks he’ll let this one sink in for about a week, and then it will be backto business.

“There’s a bright future ahead of us,” Vogler said. “Honestly, it’s like—we did it, butwe still want more. It’s not enough. We’ll soak this one in for about a week. Then, we’rechasing Pasadena.”

Vogler, who played a sizable role which a couple of key blocks that sprung Alabama to awin in the Southeastern Conference championship game, said on Saturday that his role inthe Crimson Tide’s offense was to do what the coaches told him.

That meant working hard in practice to prepare himself as well as others on the offensiveunit for the vaunted Notre Dame defense, which entered the game as the top-ranked unitin the country.

When it was all said and done, the work that his team put in made the difference.“We worked hard,” he said. “This kind of thing doesn’t come easy. Not many people cando what we did. I’m still in shock.”

Fellow Bi-City star, Harris County graduate LaMichael Fanning said that, because of thatwork and the team’s accomplishments, this is something he’ll be able to look back on forthe rest of his life.

“This is something I’ll be able to tell my kids—when I have kids,” he said with a broadgrin. “My nephews and nieces can look back at this. This is just amazing. Two years in arow.”

Former Central center Paul Waldrop is a member of the Tide scout team, which also made the trip to Miami.

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