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Anfernee Jennings returned to Alabama's defense on Saturday, bringing added steel to a suddenly resurgent unit.

Alabama football: Everyone is a player of the week as defense returns to dominance; Ole Miss prep begins

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In good health

Anfernee Jennings made a triumphant return from injury on Saturday, alongside fellow linebackers Dylan Moses and Rashaan Evans. Jennings had 1 tackle in his first appearance since ankle surgery, though he did catch a controversial penalty for roughing the passer early in the game. That was part of a contribution that helped the Alabama defense return to its traditionally dominant ways. 

“It felt good,” Jennings said. “I was probably anxious more than I’ve ever been. After the first hit I got, I was coming back down to earth and I knew I had to do my job and calm down.”

Jennings also was the only player to explicitly voice support for the NFL national anthem protests. Coach Nick Saban and a handful of other players demurred when asked, though Saban continued to express his belief that players should be empowered to speak their minds.

You can watch all those interviews here.

24-hour rule

Our Marq Burnett put a bow on the win over Vanderbilt in Off The Marq (shout-out Birdman). Looking ahead, Tommy Deas at TideSports has four questions for Alabama’s game against Ole Miss, including worries about the pass defense. 


Built by Bama

In MLB, David Robertson pitched yet another scoreless inning, his 11th of the month, striking out all 3 batters as the Yankees beat Kansas City, 11-3.

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