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Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was one of the star attractions at Alabama's media/fan day on Saturday.

Alabama football: Running backs, quarterbacks and new offenses headline Fan Day

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Media day

Alabama held its annual Media Day/Fan Day on Saturday, with the lone media availability for each coordinator before the postseason-mandated ones. The scrimmage fell on the third day of fall camp, and competition is still fierce to replace the seven NFL Draft picks gone from the defense.

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was the star attraction and drew praise from Nick Saban for his organization — a trait gleaned from working with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Daboll praised Alabama’s offensive talent, including the reigning SEC offensive player of the year. But he didn’t tip his hand about what to expect from Alabama’s offense.

Dabol also wouldn’t count out putting all five running backs to work, led by battering ram Bo Scarbrough. The junior dismissed any concerns about his most recent injury, a broken leg.

As Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News notes, it was all a rather staid affair.

In other Alabama headlines:

Punting is winning

JK Scott has been working at kicker, in addition to perfecting his coffin-corner punts. Scott, who at one point drew joking Heisman hype, averaged nearly 50 yards per punt last season, and posted more than five seconds of hang-time on a punt at the scrimmage on Saturday.

Decade of dominance

To get an idea of Saban’s unprecedented run of talent at Alabama, just look at the all-time great teams you could build, courtesy of SEC Country’s Christopher Walsh.

Countdown to kickoff

Monday marks 26 days until Alabama kicks off against Florida State on Sept. 2 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. To mark the occasion, named overlooked returner Javier Arenas the best No. 28 in SEC history. Roll Bama Roll celebrated by looking back at Derrick Henry’s dominance. 

Built by Bama

Justin Thomas finished the WGC Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio, at 1 under par to place 28th.

In the Majors…

  • Jimmy Nelson pitched 8 innings, allowed just 1 run with 9 strikeouts but got no decision as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. Tommy Hunter got the win by allowing 3 hits but no runs over the final 1 1/3 innings.

  • Wade LeBlanc retired both batters he faced during the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 over the San Diego Padres in 12 innings.
  • Alex Avila hit his first home run in the National League, a 3-run blast in the Chicago Cubs 7-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

Around the Capstone

The combined Alabama swimming teams finished sixth at the U.S. Open in New York. The men’s team finished second, powered by a gold-medal finish in the 100 meter freestyle and the 400 medley relay.

In other Olympic news, Reubin Walters of Trinidad and Tobago finished sixth in his heat of the 110 hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in London, while his countrywoman Domonique Williams finished eighth in her heat of the 400.

Twenty Alabama athletes received a degree at the Summer II Commencement on Saturday, including five football players and NCAA champion swimmer Pavel Romanov. One of those football players was Hootie Jones, who was accompanied by his mother, who is currently battling stage 4 cancer.


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