Whenever "the drive" is discussed from the 2021 Iron Bowl, usually it's in relation to Bryce Young and his Heisman moment.
It makes sense, considering Young led the Alabama football offense on a 97-yard march down the field, capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left.
However, it was also a significant moment for the player on the receiving end of the catch that sent the game to overtime.
Ja'Corey Brooks, then a freshman receiver, had only two catches before that game and no touchdowns. Then he became an Alabama hero.
Brooks hadn't spoken to the media until Monday because Alabama freshmen aren't usually made available to reporters, so much of his time at the podium was spent reflecting on that game.
"I'm from Florida, so I didn't know how big the Iron Bowl was," Brooks said. "I just went out there and took it play by play. After I got to the sideline, (Jameson Williams) was telling me it was a great catch. During that play, I just tried to execute and do my job."
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Brooks not only made the catch but did so in a somewhat difficult fashion. Young placed the throw in a perfect window over Brooks' shoulder with a defensive back stuck to him in coverage. Brooks managed to stay in bounds as he secured the catch in the end zone.
"In practice, Coach (Holmon Wiggins) tells us to get to the jugs machine multiple times a day," Brooks said. "It's really repetition. Just kept practicing that throughout the week."
That helped Alabama score its first touchdown of the game and make it 10-10. The Crimson Tide ended up winning in the fourth overtime.
"Pretty much when everybody sees me, they say that was a great catch from the Iron Bowl," Brooks said.
Brooks caught another touchdown in the Cotton Bowl against Cincinnati and will look to build on the strong ending to his freshman year.
He missed the spring because of an injury but is back and competing with a room of fresh faces. Gone are Jameson Williams, John Metchie III and Slade Bolden, all who went to the NFL. Then Alabama added Jermaine Burton (Georgia) and Tyler Harrell (Louisville) in the transfer portal.
Nick Saban said Sunday that Burton has been the most consistent at the position this offseason.
Alabama is almost a week into its first preseason practices. The Crimson Tide opens the season against Utah State on Sept. 3 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly
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