Alabama football: Raekwon Davis injured by bullet; Crimson Tide beat Florida State

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Raekwon Davis shot

Alabama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis was struck in the leg by a stray bullet outside a Tuscaloosa bar on Saturday night, per a report by Stephanie Taylor of The Tuscaloosa News. Davis’s injury is reportedly minor and he has not been implicated in any wrongdoing connected to the shooting. He reportedly declined to cooperate with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department after being admitted to Druid City Hospital.

Alabama coach Nick Saban released a statement, saying Davis “is still being evaluated,” though the situation “does not appear to be … serious.”

In other Alabama headlines …

History lessons

Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News, the dean of Alabama beat writers, turned in an excellent column this past weekend touching on an Alabama-Florida State opener from 50 years ago and Alabama’s ability to expect the unexpected.

And for history yet to be made from the kickoff game, Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com wrote that the loser could become the first two-loss playoff team. 

A decade of dominance

Christopher Walsh’s series on Saban’s unprecedented decade at Alabama concludes with the help of Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life — What if Nick Saban had never come to Alabama?  As Walsh’s well-crafted story explains, life would be different for college football at large, for the University of Alabama in every aspect, for the city of Tuscaloosa, for its residents — especially those displaced by the April 27, 2011, tornado — and for its businesses.

Built by Bama

  • Justin Thomas tied for sixth at The Northern Trust Open, posting a 5-under-par tournament, with rounds of 68-69-69-69.
  • Running back Mark Ingram’s NFL jersey will now read “Ingram II,” a tribute to his father that took two years to materialize because of sponsors’ concerns.
  • Former Alabama receiver — though the term should be used lightly, since he never played for the Crimson Tide — Duron Carter ran back a blocked field goal 113 yards for 2 points in the CFL on Friday night.

Around the Capstone

The volleyball team lost to No. 25 Purdue in straight sets on Saturday after opening the season with two straight victories at the Mortar Board Classic. The Tide will play South Alabama in Mobile on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.

Alabama beats Florida State

The Alabama soccer team posted the biggest win in program history, beating No. 6 Florida State at the Alabama Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon. Coach Wes Hart, an assistant on Florida State’s 2014 national championship team, oversaw an organized defensive effort that led to the first win over a top 10 team in program history. Though it’s extremely early, a win against the University of South Alabama next weekend could do wonders for Alabama’s NCAA Tournament hopes.

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