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The Crimson now have backup for punter JK Scott.

Alabama football: Nick Saban beats Tennessee, again

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at yet another victory for Nick Saban over Tennessee. 

Nick Saban beat Tennessee again on Thursday.

Saban personally flipped the top punting recruit in the nation away from Butch Jones and the Vols with a personal offer made at the Nick Saban specialists camp. Skyler DeLong, which is an incredible name for a punter, was the only punter given an offer by Alabama for the 2018 class. His commitment checks a much-needed box for Saban, since half-man-half-robot-cannon-leg JK Scott is out of eligibility after this season.

I found DeLong’s rationale for the commitment interesting: “When I went around campus, I just felt at home.” It’s much more a general student body reason than a top football recruit reason. Saban and his coaching staff certainly factor into the decision, and the facilities are the best around, but DeLong gave the same response I’ve heard a hundred students and alumni give for attending Alabama: It just felt right.

ICYMI

  • The top punting recruit in the nation flipped his commitment to Alabama from Tennessee.
  • Michael Casagrande did an interesting historical deep dive into 19 obscure opponents from Alabama’s record book.
  • Gene Stallings seems to be in good health.
  • Get an idea of Alabama’s recruiting chops with this list of assistant coaches and prize recruits.
  • Mississippi State over Alabama? Don’t believe the hype, according to BamaOnline’s Travis Reier.
  • Marq Burnett’s 17th-most-important Alabama player is an up-and-coming cornerback. 
  • Jalen Hurts fumbled the ball a lot, according to this statistical analysis by Christopher Walsh. The research is interesting but also slightly contextless: Walsh draws a parallel between Hurts’ single-season total and AJ McCarron’s career total, which are both 11-5, but doesn’t note that Hurts spends much more actual time with the ball, runs with the ball more often and is tackled with the ball more often.

Built by Bama

• At the U.S. Open, Dru Love finished the first round at 1-under 71— a strong start for his first professional round. He and Trey Mullinax are tied for 29th, while Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley are in the house at 1-over 73, tied for 61st. Here’s a really nice update on Love and his father, Davis Love III, who is his caddy for the weekend. 

• Cyrus Kouandjio has found a home after being cut by the Buffalo Bills last month. The tackle signed with the Detroit Lions, who need help on the offensive line. Kouandjio has been struggling with his health but is a strong possibility to stick with a shallow Detroit squad.

• In the majors, Alex Avila was the walk-off run and went 1-4 with a single and a walk as his Detroit Tigers beat Tampa Bay and Tommy Hunter, who got the loss after giving up 2 runs on 2 hits.

• Former Alabama track star Alex Amankwah is set to compete in the 800 meters at the IAAF championships in London.

• D.J. Pettway signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He’ll be an important player, too, in stopping, dropping and holding down the run game.

• Here’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trying to catch an egg:

Around the Capstone

The women’s tennis team signed Alba Cortina Pou, who was a standout freshman at Texas Tech. She was a strong doubles player, notable for a team that is losing a two-time doubles national champion and one-time runner-up. Cortina Pou hails from Spain, where she represented her country in European competition.

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