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The SEC Media Days poll picked Nick Saban and Alabama to win the SEC for a fourth consecutive time.

Alabama football: Alabama tops the SEC polls, again

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama’s preseason SEC title. 

Alabama tops the polls, again, already, as usual

The annual SEC Media Days poll picked Alabama to win the SEC for a fourth consecutive time. All but 18 voters named Alabama the top team in the West, while Georgia was given the top spot in the East.

Ten Alabama players made the preseason All-SEC first team:

  • QB Jalen Hurts
  • WR Calvin Ridley
  • OL Jonah Williams
  • OL Ross Pierschbacher
  • DL Da’Ron Payne
  • DL Da’Shawn Hand
  • LB Rashaan Evans
  • DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
  • DB Ronnie Harrison
  • JK Scott

RB Bo Scarbrough, OL Bradley Bozeman and LB Shaun Dion Hamilton made the second team, while  OL Lester Cotton, DB Anthony Averett and DB Tony Brown made the third. In related news, Fitzpatrick and Harrison made the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football.

For a fascinating perspective on the annual kickoff event in Hoover, Ala., Ben Jones of The Tuscaloosa News talked to veterans of the media who have seen it all–literally. 

Emerging leaders

The Tuscaloosa News crew tossed out a pair of profiles from SEC Media days of two of the leaders of Alabama’s offense-to-be. Bradley Bozeman has stepped into the center’s traditional leadership role with aplomb, and will helm one of the most versatile and physical offensive lines in the country. And Calvin Ridley is looking to establish himself as the same kind of dominant receiver Julio Jones and Amari Cooper proved to be in their final season with the Crimson Tide.

Travis Reier of BamaOnline also got the chance to interview Ridley, and unearthed some insights into the Alabama offense.

Countdown to kickoff

Monday marks 47 days until Alabama kicks off against Florida State on Sept. 2. To mark the half-century, our Christopher Walsh has 50 points to get you excited for the season. As if you need it.

Roll Bama Roll’s history-based countdown continues with the 2012 Iron Bowl beatdown and Anthony Averett’s breakout season. 

A decade of dominance

Walsh’s series on Nick Saban’s re-shaping of the college football world continues with a look at his record of producing all-American players. From the article:

“For me it all goes back to the root value, of who he’s bringing in, the way he and his staff evaluate young people both in athletic talent character issues, academic ability to be there in four years and graduate in four or five. It all goes back to fundamental things,” said College Football Hall of Fame coach and former executive director of the American Football Coaches Association Grant Teaff.

“I’d say Coach Saban is the cream of the crop.”

Buckle up

The basketball team released its final nonconference schedule for 2017-18 on Friday. The Crimson Tide will again play in Huntsville and Birmingham, against Mercer on Dec. 19 and Texas on Dec. 22, respectively. The toughest opponents on the schedule will be Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 27 in Coleman Coliseum and  Arizona on Dec. 9 in Tucson.

Here’s Lawson Schaffer throwing a pie in Greg Byrne’s face. For charity.

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