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.
- Everybody is a UA player of the week. Even you.
- Damien Harris and Ross Pierschbacher are the SEC Offensive Players of the Week.
- Alabama’s road game at Texas A&M will kick off at 6:15 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN.
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.
Around the Capstone
- The women’s golf team won the Schooner Fall Classic in Oklahoma, posting a 15-under-par round on Monday and thrashing Clemson in the process to cruise to a 17-stroke victory. Sophomore Kristen Gillman finished at 13 under par after shooting a 64 on the par-71 course to claim the individual title.
- Both of the cross country teams are ranked in the top 5 nationally.
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