Alabama football: Longtime friends, alumni to clash when Colorado State visits
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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:
This really made my day pic.twitter.com/E1SFjLabqH
— Christian Miller (@christianmillr) September 15, 2017
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.
- Our team predicted another easy win for Alabama.
- The TideSports crew predicted the game via podcast.
- Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine likes Alabama minus the points.
- Bill Connelly’s S&P+ is less confident in the spread.
- AL.com’s Lauren Sisler and Kevin Scarbinsky made their predictions on video, below:
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 …
- Justin Thomas stashed the PGA Championship trophy at Rickie Fowler’s house for safekeeping during Hurricane Irma. Thomas is 4 under par after the first day of the BMW Championship, tied for 14th. That was after this remarkable sequence on the 10th hole.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 14, 2017
Around the Capstone
- The women’s golf team opens the season at the Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt. The team is looking to redeem a disappointing 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships last season.
- The men’s golf team will tee off at 8:45 a.m. at the Fighting Illini Invitational after finishing second last week.
- The volleyball team is hosting the Crimson White tournament all weekend. The matches will stream live, beginning with a 9 a.m. match against Southern University on Friday.
- It was soccer coach Wes Hart’s birthday on Thursday, and the team celebrated with the former Colorado Rapids player. They’ll open the SEC slate at South Carolina at 6 p.m. Friday before hosting Chattanooga at 5 p.m. Sunday. Both games will stream on WatchESPN.
— Alabama Soccer (@AlabamaSoccer) September 14, 2017
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Correction: Kareem Jackson’s first name was misspelled in the original post. SEC Country regrets the error.