Alabama football: 9 players named preseason All-SEC first team as classes begin

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Letters from camp

Classes resumed on campus on Wednesday, and running back Josh Jacobs returned to practice on a limited basis, favoring his leg. Linebacker Christian Miller was similarly restricted, a troubling sign from one of Alabama’s key stand-up pass rushers. With that pass rush possibly taking a slight step back, the Alabama secondary will lead the way on defense this season, as our Marq Burnett writes.

For a full roundup of Alabama’s standing headed into the final days of camp, watch our beat reporters Sound Off. 

In other Alabama headlines …

Raekwon the Chef

Raekwon Davis is the latest in a long string of massive, well-hyped defensive ends from Alabama. Davis, who was a second-choice player for most of his freshman season, is likely to start in 2017, and for good reason. He’s shown the kind of explosion needed at that position, with a 5-second 40-yard dash and a 425-pound bench press.

Get a look at the defensive linemen working here, thanks to Travis Reier of BamaOnline.

Built by Bama

The Canadian national wheelchair basketball team is led by an Alabama alumnus, Bo Hedges. Hedges will lead the Canadians into the Americas Cup in Cali, Colombia, where they’ll be competing for a berth to the world championships.

In the majors …

  • Tommy Hunter took another loss by giving up a game-deciding homer to the Blue Jays in his one inning of work.
  • Alex Avila went 1 for 4 at the plate with a single and a run as the Cubs beat the Reds, 9-3.

Around the Capstone

D1 Baseball has an excellent deep dive on a tumultuous year for the Alabama program. New coach Brad Bohannon dishes on his scholarship situation and stability going forward, while dear departed Greg Goff shows exemplary humility in assessing what went wrong.

The other football

The Alabama soccer team will take on South Florida for the second time in program history on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Both teams started the season 2-0, though USF needed two overtimes to beat Charlotte, 3-2, in its season opener. With 17 new players, USF is a young squad, but still formidable — the Bulls went on an eight-match unbeaten streak last season that was the longest in the nation.

The match will be streamed on SECNetwork+.

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