Reuben Foster nearly decapitates Deshaun Watson with clothesline to the head

It should be no surprise that Alabama's defense, widely considered the best in college football, came ready to play against Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

The Tide also came ready to send a message.

Linebacker Reuben Foster put a brutal clothesline on Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson during the Tigers' first offensive drive of the game ...

Foster was flagged with a personal foul penalty while some thought the hit should have been considered targeting. Either way, that's the type of penalty Alabama is willing to live with. Foster sent a message that could potentially shake Watson for the rest of the game. Fifteen yards is something the coaches will take as a result.

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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