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Running back B.J. Emmons will transfer to community college for the 2017 season.

Alabama football: Two players announce transfers

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at some abrupt transfers away from the program. 

Happy trails

Running back B.J. Emmons and defensive back Aaron Robinson will transfer from Alabama, according to SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner and AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, respectively.

Emmons was always going to struggle to see playing time in Alabama’s stable of running backs given his Lisfranc injury last year, but Robinson saw playing time last season and stood to play this season given the turnover on the roster. Both will attend Hutchison Community College for a year before transferring to another school to play.

At SEC Media Days, Saban acknowledged the uphill battle his running backs would face for playing time:

“There’s a lot of competition at that position, and there’s only one ball,” Saban said. “So they all can’t run it at the same time. I think it’s a challenge for each one of those guys to develop. Fortunately we have some guys at that position that are different styles of players. Which makes it easier to create roles for those players. Hopefully the competition is going to make each player better. It’s the position that has the shortest shelf life in the NFL because of injuries. So that depth is something beneficial to our team long term.”

In other Alabama news…

Watch the throne

Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough were named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s best running back. Trent Richardson (2011) and Derrick Henry (2015) previously won the award from Alabama.

Built by Bama

NFL training camp is in full swing, with 53 Alabama players on team rosters. Only four teams have no Alabama players on their roster: Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys.

The U.S. National Softball team crushed the ‘Alabama All-Stars’ 9-1 on Thursday. Six of those runs were given up by Alabama pitcher Alexis Osorio, although she struck out Alabama legend Haylie McCleney, who went 1 for 4 for Team USA and received a standing ovation from the Rhoads Stadium crowd when she was replaced in center field late in the game.

At the British Open Championship, Justin Thomas is tied for sixth at 3-under 67 after the first round. Tie and all.

Around the Capstone

Two Alabama athletes will compete for the U.S. at the Pan-American U20 Championships in Peru this weekend. Takyera Roberson will run the 400 meters while Jaimie Robinson will compete in the triple jump.

The golf team released its 2017-18 schedule. 

Tweet through it

As one of the College Football Playoff winners, Alabama made the annual Marvel Comics-style promotional cover.

Thoughts from senior defensive lineman Josh Frazier.

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