Alabama football: Like a Lamb to the slaughter
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the other side of the Alabama-Football Championship Subdivision matchups.
Saturday Down South’s Al Blanton wrote an excellent feature on the mentality of an FCS team taking on Alabama. Leaving aside the competitive aspect of the top programs in the country taking on fledgling teams, the article sheds some light on all the other factors that go into games like these.
For upcoming opponent Mercer, led by head coach Bobby Lamb, the game in Bryant-Denny Stadium is one of the landmark moments in program history — not because the Bears will contend with Alabama, but because millions of college football fans will see the four-year-old program and what it can do. The Bears will get a chance to play in a stadium literally 10 times the size of their home field, which will do wonders for recruiting. And the appearance fee alone will fund a significant part of the athletic department budget. For all the horror and boredom these games cause, for the lower tiers of football, it’s about much more than the result.
- Phil Steele’s annual College Football Preview has a potential Alabama-Florida State rematch in the national championship game, though he’s predicting Alabama-Ohio State.
- Two Alabama athletes made the NFL.com list of “Most Freakish Athletes” for very different reasons.
- Charlie Potter and BamaOnline are springing forward to preview the Tennessee game.
- Travis Reier has five questions for Alabama’s defensive line.
- BamaOnline’s 19th-most important player is Alabama’s new pass-rush specialist.
- Marq Burnett’s fifth-most important player is the latest in a long line of dominant middle linebackers.
- RollBamaRoll’s countdown-turned-history lesson looks at Wallace Gilberry, the second coming of Derrick Thomas.
Built by Bama
• The latest crop of Alabama alumni is already impressing in NFL camps. The Washington-based duo of Ryan Anderson and Jonathan Allen have caught the eye of the vice president for player personnel. Marlon Humphrey is thriving in Baltimore, otherwise known as North Tuscaloosa.
Offseason Highlights: CB Marlon Humphrey
The rookie impressed everyone during offseason practices the last couple months. pic.twitter.com/AOeUWmK24B
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 3, 2017
• In Major League Baseball, Wade LeBlanc tossed two shutout innings as his Pirates fell to Philadelphia, 4-0.
• Alabama softball legend Jaclyn Traina is going into coaching at Seacrest Country Day prep school in Naples, Fla. She’ll be co-head coach with Phillies legend John Kruk.
@jtraina33 has accepted a job at Seacrest. She will be teaching at the school and also will be co-head coach of the softball team with me!
— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) July 3, 2017
• And Alabama soccer star and Dutch international Merel van Dongen now is a Nike athlete.
— Merel van Dongen (@merelvd) July 3, 2017
Around the Capstone
Two Alabama swimmers finished in the top 20 of their respective events at the 2017 USA Swimming National Championships.
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