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Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will take on longtime friend and ex-roommate Will Friend when Colorado State comes to Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

Alabama football: Longtime friends, alumni to clash when Colorado State visits

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Frenemies

The game against Colorado State will be a homecoming of sorts for Will Friend, former Alabama offensive lineman and current offensive coordinator for the Rams. Friend will be matched up against his former college roommate, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt and Friend lived with former Alabama quarterback Freddie Kitchens while the trio attended Alabama in the mid-1990s.

“Jeremy’s competitive. Jeremy’s got good fire about him. And his defenses play that way,” Friend said. “I’ll talk good about him right now because I know he can only talk but once a year, but you can definitely see the competitiveness in his group. And they’ve got good players, but they get ’em ready to play each week and they compete each week.”

  • Raekwon Davis recovered from his bullet wound and is developing well, according to Nick Saban.
  • On Hey Coach, Saban went into detail about his fondness for this team and the leaders that “affect the temperature in the room.” Check a full rundown of Saban’s Thursday night radio show.
  • Our Marq Burnett updated injuries and previewed Colorado State’s offense in his weekly mailbag. 
  • Christian Miller posted a heartwarming tribute from a group of students:

Unintended consequences

It’s not strictly related to kickoff on Saturday, but our Christopher Walsh spent time this week digging into the NCAA’s proposed loosened restrictions on student-athlete transfers. As Walsh notes, the proposal could lead to a kind of free agency, giving the traditional college football powers yet another institutional advantage.

Crystal (foot)balls

Built by Alabama

In the NFL …

  • Kareem Jackson had a standout game for the Houston Texans, recording 7 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in a 13-9 win over Cincinnati on Thursday night. Dre Kirkpatrick recorded 2 tackles for the Bengals.

In MLB …

  • Alex Avila went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in a 14-6 win for the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets.

In the golf world …

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Correction: Kareem Jackson’s first name was misspelled in the original post. SEC Country regrets the error.