LSU's Jalen Mills really didn't want to lose to Alabama. That's a pretty obvious statement, but the Tigers' senior defensive back had lost the previous three games he'd played against the Crimson Tide; this past Saturday was his final chance to beat his rival. It didn't happen, though, as Alabama defeated LSU, 30-16.
The Tigers' season is far from over, however. At 7-1, LSU remains well-positioned to make a good bowl game and has an outside chance of reaching the College Football Playoff.
Mills wanted to make sure his teammates remembered this after the loss to Alabama. According to LSUreveille.com, a "super emotional" Mills gave an inspired speech to the LSU team after getting beat by the Crimson Tide.
LSU coach Les Miles just finished speaking to his group of men after LSU’s 30-16 loss against the Crimson Tide in the same way he does each day.
Miles finished, then looked at senior safety Jalen Mills, giving him a nod.
“He got into all of us,” said sophomore defensive tackle Davon Godchaux. “Jalen Mills is one of our true leaders.”
Mills' message was simple: this isn't over.
“Just keep fighting,” Mills said to the No. 9 Tigers. “Really show the world, and everybody, that this team can still be in it. This team has a lot of football left in yet.”
His message was well received, Miles said. Redshirt freshman William Clapp and Godchaux had their own thoughts about Mills’ address.
“He wanted to make sure that we all understood that the season is still not over,” Clapp said. “It’s just one loss, we still have a lot to play for. He wanted to make sure that we don’t dwell on this loss, and make sure we don’t let it define us.
It's definitely not over for the Tigers. LSU is set to take on Arkansas at 7:15 p.m. E.T. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN.