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Bo Scarbrough praised the versatility of Alabama's deep running back corps.

Alabama football: Running backs, wide receivers and sushi rolls, one week into camp

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer JammerSEC 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. 

By committee

Alabama has enough top-quality running backs to suit a small island nation, which has fans and the offensive coordinator excited about the run game’s prospects. Bo Scarbrough feels the same way and paints a picture less of a running back competition than a cooperative.

At another skill position, wide receiver Robert Foster is all in on his senior season after an injury-riddled career.

Oliver Connolly broke down Brian Daboll’s and Lane Kiffin’s offenses to show what the new coordinator can learn from the old one when it comes to putting those weapons to work.

The skill at running back and wide receiver is just one reason our Marq Burnett predicts a perfect season for Alabama in 2017, en route to another SEC championship. Those expectations garnered the team yet another Sports Illustrated regional cover.

Letters from camp

Alabama practiced for the seventh time in preseason camp on Wednesday night.

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick practiced at star, as Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News noted.
  • Matt Zenitz of AL.com noticed the first group of receivers, a fearsome trio.
  • Christopher Walsh reported in his extensive practice report that cornerback Anthony Averett was limited.
  • The offensive line has been stable throughout practice, even since spring, but that doesn’t mean it’s locked in. 
  • For the full rundown of the biggest surprises, watch the update from our beat writers below:

Roll Tide

Burnett also committed a great community service, reviewing AJ McCarron’s new sushi restaurant, AJian.

“The only knock against AJian is they serve Pepsi products, which is cool if you’re into that sort of thing,” Burnett wrote. “Seriously, we’re not sure if AJian will become a staple in the Tuscaloosa community, but if you’re looking for something healthier than a burger and don’t want to break the bank, AJian is the place for you.”

Buckle up

Alabama lost the second game of its preseason Canadian basketball tour to Carleton, the defending Canadian champions, 84-71. The Crimson Tide started slowly for the second consecutive game but couldn’t rally to the same effect as their blowout win against McGill on Monday. With big man Herb Jones out while in concussion protocol, coach Avery Johnson’s squad lost the rebounding battle, 44-34.

Collin Sexton left the game early with an injury but reportedly is fine. The Crimson Tide will play again on Thursday at 6:30 p.m when it takes on the University of Ottawa.

Built by Bama

Dre Kirkpatrick pulled no punches when asked about Alabama’s outlook for next season. He told Rich Eisen of NFL Network that he was concerned after seeing Nick Saban get outcoached in the National Championship Game.

Around the Capstone

• Jereem Richards qualified for the men’s 200-meter final at the IAAF World Championships. He won his semifinal with a time of 20.14 seconds and will race in the final at 3:52 p.m. CT on Thursday.

• Three Alabama golfers recorded 3-and-2 victories in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. All three will tee off between 10:20 and 11:20 on Thursday morning for a chance to make the Round of 16.

• The women’s soccer team will host Middle Tennessee for a preseason friendly Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.

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