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Jumbo Package: Champs gotta eat!

Taking a look at Alabama’s new football dining facility, and other Crimson Tide notes.

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Happy Tuesday, everyone. We have a few nuggets for you today, starting with the unveiling of Alabama’s new $15 million football dining facility. Take a two minute video tour, won’t you?

First class, all the way.

Who puts not one, not two, but three LBs on the preseason Butkus watch list? #AlabamaDoes

On Monday, a trio of Crimson Tide linebackers was named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list in redshirt junior Anfernee Jennings, junior Mack Wilson and sophomore Dylan Moses. The Butkus Award is annually presented to the nation’s top linebacker.

Mack has to be a legitimate contender for the award.

Sports Illustrated examines the new redshirt rule and how it may be utilized by the haves and have nots.

Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State have so much talent that some future pros are going to play limited roles as true freshmen. The issue is some of those players are so good that they could help and might even leapfrog a starter or backup if given a chance—and that only makes a great team better. They probably aren’t staying five years anyway, but just in case they do want to hang around on campus, the coach can try them out and still keep the redshirt as an option.

For Alabama, I expect it to be a chance for a transferring QB to save a season of eligibility an opportunity for freshmen to get their feet wet in the annual bodybag game before the Iron Bowl, potentially working themselves into a postseason role but getting a little taste of the action at a minimum.

Is this shade? It sounds like shade.

Vol receiver Marquez Callaway explained the difference in the program after Pruitt arrived.

”More discipline,” the junior said. “Coach Jones was a fun coach and he always laughed and played around with us but there were times we needed coaching and that’s one thing Coach Pruitt does.”

Love it when players blame their coaches for their own lack of discipline.

Hey, Coach Khaki wants to expand the playoffs to 16 teams.

Fully understanding that Alabama missed the SEC title game this season, this is hilarious. Next time Harbaugh coaches in that game will be the first.

Last, I would make the wife take the first bite of this cake.

Hey, they hate us more and more every year. You can’t be too careful.

That’s about it for today. Have a good workday.

Roll Tide.