Alabama football: Walk-on DB finds new calling as Army medic

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama baseball’s latest additions and subtractions.

The most important story of this quiet spring week comes from Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News. Suttles caught up with former walk-on defensive back Hunter Bush, who was a three-time national champion at Alabama, and is now a combat medic for the U.S. Army and veteran of the Iraq War. Bush’s story is inspiring and impressive — particularly when he speaks about the camaraderie he feels as a member of the armed services. Bush said he plans on becoming a full-fledged doctor, with the help of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the “West Point for doctors.”

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• Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been working toward his undergraduate degree in criminal justice, despite leaving Alabama early to join the NFL. Many of the degree programs at Alabama require unpaid internships — even for NFL stars — and Ha Ha (Or Ha’Sean) will be completing his this summer, missing a portion of the Packers’ preseason camp to finish his six credit hours with a Wisconsin-based circuit court judge. 

• Jimmie Taylor remains one of the most frustrating basketball players I’ve ever seen. He has all the physical tools he could possibly need but rarely dominated games in the way he was capable. The Utah Jazz could be the latest beneficiaries of that experience, after Taylor works out for them on Wednesday.

• In the majors …

  • Jimmy Nelson started for the Brewers in an 8-5 win against St. Louis. He went 5 2/3 innings, gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, walked 2 and struck out 4. He didn’t get the decision.
  • Josh Rutledge continued his struggles for the Boston Red Sox, going 0 for 3 at the plate in a 4-3 win against Philadelphia in 12 innings.
  • Alex Avila scored without a hit, going 0-4 at the plate but walked once. Detroit lost to Arizona, 7-6.

Around the Capstone

Another Alabama signee was taken in the Major League Baseball draft: LHP Jacob Heatherly. As a third-round pick, there’s a chance Heatherly forgoes his draft slot to take his chances at Alabama and improve his stock, but his slot is valued at nearly $800,000 — plenty to pay for college at a later date if baseball doesn’t work out.

The baseball team also confirmed the hiring of Jason Jackson to be Brad Bohannon’s second assistant coach.

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