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Alabama presented Donald Trump with a No. 17 jersey, a helmet and a signed ball.

Alabama football: Nick Saban, players have eventful visit to White House

Matt Speakman

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Alabama visits White House

Alabama visited President Trump and the White House on Tuesday to celebrate its 17th national championship. It was the first time since Trump was inaugurated that Alabama visited the White House. Under coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide went to the White House four times while Barack Obama was in office. During the ceremony, Trump forgot how many titles Saban has won, cornerback Tony Brown looked like a Secret Service member and JK Scott prayed with Trump.

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Keys to rushing game

Last year, Alabama running back Damien Harris rushed for 1,000 yards for the second straight season. He also reached the end zone 11 times. He was the featured back but still split carries with Bo Scarbrough, Josh Jacobs and Najee Harris. Damien Harris will most likely be the No. 1 running back on the depth chart, but he is not necessarily the key. The running backs behind him will be important in taking Alabama’s rushing game to the next level.

Rivalry never stops

On the Paul Finebaum Show, former Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson said Alabama “may be national champs, but I’d say we’re state champs, so I’ll take what we can get.”

Alabama was quick to jump on these comments. The fan base attacked Carlson. Then, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton got in the mix. He tweeted at Finebaum saying, “I guess the iron bowl is their national championship lol.”

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