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Alabama planning march against social injustice


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama players and coaches are planning a march Monday to protest social injustice, ending at the schoolhouse door where Gov. George Wallace once stood to block two Black students from entering in 1963.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he supports his players’ focus on trying to “make things better in the future.” They’re joining a number of other college and professional sports teams who have marched or spoken out in the wake of police shootings including Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Tailback Najee Harris posted the plans for Monday’s march on Twitter and teammates retweeted. Harris said they would march from the Mal Moore Athletics Facility at 4 p.m. and “meet at the schoolhouse door at Foster Auditorium.”

“We want our voices to be heard as we strive to enact social change and rid our world of social injustices,” Harris wrote.

In another post, he said: “We want all Alabama athletes to join us. This isn’t a fan day . this isn’t a football game . this is about lasting CHANGE!”

Saban has arranged for a number of speakers to the team, including Condoleeza Rice, Tony Dungy, Stephen A. Smith, Joey Galloway and Charles Barkley.

“And they all did a phenomenal job of trying to explain to players, how can we have a plan for change?” Saban said. “How can we make things better in the future? And I think that’s what our players have really been focused on, and I think that’ll be what they want to try to get out there, a message on Monday. And we’re very much in support of that.”

Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates

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Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.”

The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also remaining steadfast on wanting to play this season amid the pandemic.

“We try to tell them don’t go to parties, but like it’s kind of hard to tell somebody not to go to a party in college,” Harris said during a Zoom call. “We understand it, but we’re kind of just telling them, `If you do go to a party, like make sure you guys are overly safe.”‘

That means wearing a mask, keeping distance from others and not picking up items after others, “because what you do plays a part in what happens to the whole team.”

Alabama and other Southeastern Conference team open preseason camps on Monday ahead of a season that has already been pushed back to Sept. 26. They’re set to only play league games.

“Every day we take risks, and it might be a little risky,” Tide quarterback Mac Jones said. “But we feel comfortable and we feel safe.”

All-American alumni in 2019 College Football Playoff

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Some of the country’s best high school prospects came through the All-American Bowl and have now found their way into the 2019 College Football Playoff. Take a look at the list of alumni that have the chance to play for a national championship this year from Notre Dame, Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma.

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Addison Gumbs LB 2017
Creed Humphrey OL 2017
Mark Jackson Jr. DL 2016
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Tramonda Moore OL 2016
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Ron Tatum DL 2018
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Kendall Randolph OL 2017
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