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Alabama's running game has 2,118 yards this season and isn't showing signs of slowing down.

Alabama football: Running game show its dominance; fans sing happy birthday to Nick Saban

Matt Speakman

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.

Running wild

Alabama’s running game is hard to stop this season. Alabama has racked up 2,118 rushing yards thus far. Four running backs carry the ball consistently for Alabama. Even freshman running back Brian Robinson and reserve running back Ronnie Clark have received some action. Both have scored touchdowns this season. Alabama has so much talent in the running back room, and none of them seem disappointed when the others get carries. Damien Harris leads the way this season with 625 yards this season. Alabama’s ground game can hurt any opponent at any time.

In other headlines …

  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban dismissed walk-on wide receiver Donnie Lee Jr. from the program after he was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry predicted a win for the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
  • Our staff unanimously agrees with Henry and thinks Alabama will dominate Tennessee.
  • Sports Illustrated chose Alabama as a unanimous pick to make the national championship in its midseason predictions.
  • The No. 3 running back recruit in the country said he falls in love with Alabama each time he visits.
  • Alabama basketball is ranked in the Top 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • A judge dismissed the fraud case between Lane Kiffin and a former Alabama wide receiver.

No plans

Saban discussed plenty of topics on his weekly radio show. Once again, Saban showed his displeasure for looking ahead. When a fan asked Saban what his bye-week plans were, he chose not to discuss them.

“Well, first of all, you’re right about the first thing you said, I don’t like to look ahead,” Saban said. “I’m not going to talk about that.”

Later in the show, fans decided to sing happy birthday to Saban since he will not have a show during the bye week. Saban’s birthday is on Oct. 31. Saban also said that he has been “creating tension” in practice this week in preparation for Tennessee.

Woke up like this

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts went on SEC Network to talk about the Tide’s weekend game against Tennessee. When asked about how he gets his hair up in a bun, Hurts responded, “I woke up like this.” The pop culture reference flew over radio show host Paul Finebaum’s head. Finebaum came back at Hurts by saying his hair may scare people. Hurts took the comment in stride and calmly threw a friendly jab back at Finebaum by saying, “Paul may want some of my hair.”

Built by Bama

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper wowed fans in the first quarter by catching touchdown passes of 38 and 45 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Around the Capstone

  • Alabama’s men’s and women’s golf teams are ranked No. 1 in the country right now.
  • Alabama gymnastics released its full 2018 schedule
  • Alabama soccer defeated Arkansas, 1-0, on the road. 

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