Alabama football: Tide lose another linebacker to injury for national championship game
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Out for the national championship
Injuries have plagued Alabama’s linebacking corps all season. Against Clemson on Monday, yet another linebacker went down. Anfernee Jennings sustained a knee injury after having one of his best games in a Crimson Tide uniform. He recorded 4 solos tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack. Jennings seemed to be in the backfield all game. After suffering the injury, it looked doubtful that Jennings would be able to carry that dominance over to the national championship. On Wednesday, Jennings confirmed that he will miss the game against Georgia on Monday.
— Anfernee Jennings⭐* (@anferneejenning) January 3, 2018
Jennings missed some time earlier in the season with an injury as well. He is the sixth Alabama linebacker to experience an injury this season. The Tide were already missing Dylan Moses and Shaun Dion Hamilton, and they will be out against Georgia, too.
In other headlines …
- An SEC Network analyst believes Georgia has edge at quarterback over Alabama.
- ESPN’s Chris Low said Alabama got the matchup it wanted in Georgia.
- Our own Christopher Walsh pointed out 10 things you may not have noticed from the Sugar Bowl.
- Alabama’s offensive line is working out contingencies after losing right guard Lester Cotton to an injury. There is no update on Cotton at this time.
A presidential presence
It’s always been a tradition for teams to visit the White House after winning a championship in any sport. During coach Nick Saban’s tenure, Alabama visited former President Barack Obama four times. If Alabama wins, it will meet President Donald Trump for the first time. However, the Tide could have an opportunity to meet him before then. President Trump plans to attend the national championship in Atlanta with Nick Ayers, a Georgia native and the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence.
Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class is shaping up to be a good one after the Tide have not been as dominant in the 2018 cycle. On Wednesday, however, Alabama received some good and bad news. Class of 2019 offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond told our own Chris Kirschner that he plans to de-commit from Alabama after his friend, running back Trey Sanders, de-committed over the weekend. Despite that, Sanders said that Alabama remains his top choice, even though he announced he was exploring other options.
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