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Minkah Fitzpatrick is ready to face off against Hunter Renfrow once again.

Alabama football: Minkah Fitzpatrick ready for another shot at Hunter Renfrow

Matt Speakman

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every sport on campus.

Familiar foe

Alabama will face Clemson in the College Football Playoff for the third straight year. By now, these teams know each other inside and out. Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is ready for another shot at Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. In the past two seasons, Alabama has brought the best out of Renfrow, who has 17 catches for 180 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Crimson Tide. Renfrow kept Clemson in the 2016 game and caught the game-winning touchdown for the Tigers in the 2017 contest. Fitzpatrick will play a big part in shutting down the former walk-on. This season, Renfrow has 55 catches for 571 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In other headlines …

  • Alabama punter JK Scott discussed the botched field goal hold against Auburn and how he’s able to laugh it off now that Alabama is in the playoff.
  • Alabama basketball guard Collin Sexton landed in the top 5 of DieHards’ ranking of college basketball freshmen.
  • Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson sent out a strong message about the Crimson Tide’s title aspirations.

Overlooked heroes

Alabama is known for having not only one of the best head coaches in Nick Saban but one of the best all-around support staffs in the country. This includes coordinators, strength coaches and analysts. Those staffers tend to receive a lot of praise, but one section of the program sometimes gets overlooked, despite being among the best in the nation. Head athletic trainer Jeff Allen and his medical team make sure Alabama players come back from injury as strong as they previously were. Allen and his team of trainers are an integral part of Alabama’s success.

Coming up short in duel in desert

Alabama basketball is playing a tougher nonconference schedule this season. On Saturday, the Crimson Tide played perhaps its toughest game of that improved schedule by traveling to Tucson, Ariz., to take on the Arizona Wildcats. The Crimson Tide came up just short, losing to Arizona, 88-82. Alabama battled and received 30 points from Sexton in the loss. Arizona forward Deandre Ayton, a likely top 5 pick in the draft, had 29 points and 18 rebounds. Still, Alabama showed it can compete with the best.

Built by Bama

UFC fighter Eryk Anders, who played linebacker at Alabama, improved to 10-0 with a win by unanimous decision over Markus Perez.

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