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Freshman guard John Petty's 22 points led Alabama in an offensive onslaught against McGill University

Alabama basketball dominates McGill in exhibition; football returns to practice

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Alabama basketball dominated McGill University of Montreal in an exhibition game on Monday night, winning 96-57. Led by freshman guard John Petty’s 22 points, the Crimson Tide shot 60 percent from the field, including 6-of-8 3-point shooting from Petty. Our Christopher Walsh has the full recap. Alabama will take on Carleton University on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT.

In Alabama football news…

Letters from camp

Minkah Fitzpatrick worked with the safeties during the Monday viewing period after Jeremy Pruitt said he could play all six defensive back positions. He likely won’t see much action as a starter at corner, where former wide receiver Trevon Diggs looks set to replace Marlon Humphrey. Of course, their job will be made easier playing behind nose tackle DaRon Payne, who is bench pressing 550 pounds or more. He’ll lead a defensive line that may be deeper, if not entirely better, than last season’s unit.

Countdown to kickoff

Tuesday morning marks 25 days until Alabama kicks off against Florida State on Sept. 2. To mark the 26th, named former Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey the best No. 26 in SEC history – above former Alabama safety Landon Collins. Humphrey, who is Marlon Humphrey’s father, had a great college career but was hindered by a leg injury that kept him from breaking conference records. He still had an impressive NFL career, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 1990.

Roll Bama Roll celebrated with a tribute to linebacker Ryan Anderson, the most maniacal competitor I’ve ever met, who punctuated his career with his only interception–a pick six against Washington. 

What it means to be an Alabama fan

Our team caught up with Alabama fans on Saturday to ask them to put into words just what their fandom means to them. The results are worth a watch.

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