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Jalen Hurts, Alabama's starting quarterback, was named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list.

Alabama football: Jalen Hurts and Nick Saban named to watch lists

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at watch list honors for the biggest names at Alabama and news for fans of Alabama basketball.

Watch the throne

The tide of awards watch lists peaked on Wednesday with the release of the Davey O’Brien Award and Dodd Memorial Award lists, given annually to the top quarterback and coach in college football. Jalen Hurts and Nick Saban made their respective lists.

Saban also took time on Wimp Sanderson’s radio show to explain how he keeps his team’s pulse and why he continues to coach the secondary.

Countdown to kickoff

Charlie Potter’s countdown of the most important players of the season continues with No. 12, a dominant defensive end. And Roll Bama Roll marked the 45th day until kickoff with some recent history: Alabama-Clemson, Round 1. 

Built by Bama

“Broadway” Joe Namath sat down with Sports Illustrated to explain how Joe Willie became Broadway Joe.

How did Broadway Joe get his nickname? We asked Joe Namath.

How did Broadway Joe get his nickname? We asked Joe Namath.

Posted by Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Buckle up

The Alabama basketball team will host an open practice on Aug. 2 as it prepares for its preseason Canadian trip. Coach Avery Johnson will wear a mic during the session and will answer fans’ questions afterward. The session will offer Alabama fans the first chance to see the stars of the best recruiting class in program history.

Around the Capstone

All-time great Alabama outfielder Haylie McCleney will make a return to Rhoads Stadium with the USA Softball National Team on Thursday night. McCleney is one of the great center fielders in college softball history and now is a graduate student at Florida Atlantic.

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