Sports

Freshmen already making impact on men's golf

As the Alabama men’s golf team begins its first week of practice, the team’s returning players are finding that, compared to last year, spots in tournaments will be significantly harder to come by.  Having already returned its top five players from a year ago, the lineup became even more crowded in November when head coach Jay Seawell signed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, consisting of a trio of talented freshmen: Davis Shore, Wilson Furr and Ben Fuller. 


Changing the game: stars play special teams

It may have caught the Florida State blockers off guard when they saw Alabama starting running back Damien Harris line up on a punt formation in the third quarter of Saturday’s game. Maybe that’s why no one picked him up. The 1,000-yard rusher from a year ago busted off the line of scrimmage and blocked a punt that led to a Crimson Tide field goal. It may have surprised the Seminoles, but to his Alabama teammates, there is no surprise the team’s leading rusher also makes an impact on special teams.


Behind enemy lines: Fresno State

Coming off a 24-7 win over Florida State, the Crimson Tide opens up its home schedule with Fresno State. The Bulldogs are a foreign opponent to the Crimson Tide, this being the first match up between the two teams. Fresno State is coming off of one of its worst seasons in school history. The Bulldogs went 1-11 with its only win being against an FCS team. This season, Fresno State opened up its season with a 66-0 win over Incarnate Word. To get more insight on Fresno State, we talked to Daniel Gligich, the sports editor of Fresno State's student newspaper, The Collegian.


Gary key for Alabama volleyball defense

Quincey Gary put together a historic performance at the Jaguar Invitational last weekend, collecting 70 digs and leading the Alabama volleyball team to two victories in three matches. Her performance earned her SEC Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. The honor is the first for Gary, a junior from Alexandria, Indiana, and she is the first Alabama defender to earn the honor since 2008.


Games of the week: Clemson, Auburn meet in top-15 clash

Both Clemson and Auburn faced smaller schools last week, and both slaughtered them. Auburn comes into this year with a lot of hype and expectations, which they have never failed to match. Six-time Heisman-winning quarterback Jarrett Stidham gets the opportunity to face off against a scary pass rush, led by junior Christian Wilkins. 


Men's rugby looking to continue recent success

The University of Alabama’s oldest club sports team, men’s rugby, begins another fall season looking to replicate the recent run of victories over the past few seasons.  The coaches and veterans of the club are busy preparing a new wave of freshman players to replace departed seniors who led the runs to a 2016 Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) championship and a 2015 second place finish.   The team has established a winning tradition over the past five years that is unmatched by any other run of success since the club’s founding in 1973.