Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will be in attendance for Arkansas-Alabama

Ten months ago, Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers stunned the Alabama Crimson Tide to claim Clemson's first national title since 1981. Saturday afternoon, Swinney will be celebrating one as a member of the Crimson Tide.

Swinney will be in attendance Saturday night in Tuscaloosa when the Crimson Tide hosts Arkansas, along with many of his teammates from the 1992 Alabama national championship team that topped Miami in the Sugar Bowl, a Clemson spokesman confirmed to AL.com.

A Pelham, Alabama-native who was born in Birmingham, Swinney walked on at Alabama and caught four passes for 48 yards during the 1992 season. 

"I always tell everybody, I was a crawl-on," Swinney said prior to the playing Alabama in January. "I was one notch below a walk-on. I crawled on the field out there. I had to go through -- they didn't invite me to come out. I had to go through Rich Wingo's weight room program. But it was an unbelievable experience for me. My very first spring in the fall of '88, I was in the weight room, and went through this – they'd put us all in jail today, this program. But to get to go out that spring and be a part of the Crimson Tide was unbelievable for me. I mean, grew up in a small town, first one to go off to college, and I was one of those kids that watched the Bear Bryant Show every Sunday, and every time Alabama was on or on the radio, I was listening, fight you in school if you talked bad about them."

As Swinney's Alabama career progressed, so did his goals as a player.

"It was surreal for me to finally be in the room and to be introduced to the team, guys that I went on to the teammates with and great friends with to this day," he said in January. "So at the time I just wanted to be on the team, and then it was – I just wanted to gain some respect. Then I wanted them to learn my name. Then it was, okay, I want to play. Then I want to get a scholarship. So it just kind of went from there. It was an incredible journey for me to be a national champion my senior year and to be a part of an incredible senior class."

Will he be scouting for his current team, just in case we do get Alabama-Clemson Part III in the College Football Playoff after this season. Surely he'll take a look on the field to see what has changed while enjoying the time with his old teammates.

Swinney and the Tigers play Syracuse on the road Friday night. The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks are set to kick off Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. ET at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

College Football Writer

Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, while also hosting on ESPNU on SiriusXM Radio channel 84, the... Full Bio

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