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Nick Saban wouldn't reveal much about his plans to rotate his quarterbacks for Saturday.

Alabama football: Nick Saban plays quarterback plan close to the chest; Damien Harris thrives on and off the field

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More than a game

Damien Harris is Alabama’s lead running back, multi-dimensional on and off the field. But as this excellent profile from Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News revealed, Harris is more than Alabama’s running back: He’s a thoughtful, outspoken fraternity man with ambitions well beyond the game.

“But in the grand scheme of life you play football for maybe 20 years of your life if you’re a great player. That’s if you make it for a couple of years in the league, which doesn’t happen very often. That’s another 50-60 years of life that you still have to live. It’s kind of like, once football is over, then what?” Harris said. “Football’s a great game. Sports are great for people. But that’s not your whole life. There’s a lot to look forward to after that.”

In other Alabama headlines:

Quarterback controversy

There isn’t one; Jalen Hurts is the starter. Tua Tagovailoa will play on Saturday, but if you think coach Nick Saban’s going to give away when, you’re fooling yourself, as he’ll be glad to tell you — and our Marq Burnett:

Our Christopher Walsh is tracking Tagovailoa’s play, along with all the true freshmen. Below, former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson breaks down Hurts’ play.

Of course, any evaluations of the quarterback have to factor in the play of the offensive line, which even these position players admit needs to improve. That line is still shifting in practice. 

Built by ‘Bama

In MLB …

  • Wade LeBlanc pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his Pirates as they lost to the Brewers, 8-2.
  • Adam Morgan continued his hot streak by pitching a perfect inning for the Phillies in an 8-1 win against the Marlins.

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