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Jumbo Package: Softball rolls, Baseball faces LSU, Jase McClellan looks to make his mark

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NCAA Football: Alabama - A-Day Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friday, everyone. Softball is rolling in the SEC Tournament with an eye toward Oklahoma City, while baseball travels to play an uncharacteristically mediocre LSU squad in Baton Rouge.

Jase McClellan is ready to make his mark on the football season.

“My first thought was, ‘Man, that guy is explosive,’” Lester said. “I didn’t realize he was as big as he is because on TV he looked a lot smaller, so when I saw in person, he has some pretty good size on him. Definitely very explosive, has good breakaway speed. I can see him being a great SEC back and one of the great running backs to come out of Alabama.”

McClellan played in every game as a true freshman, also filling out a role on special teams, but has a prime opportunity in front of him. He and fellow sophomore Roydell Williams were the top two backs in the A-Day Game with Brian Robinson and Trey Sanders out, and McClellan tallied 108 all-purpose yards (46 rushing, 62 receiving) on 19 total touches last month.

The competition for touches is going to be fierce.

Christian Harris took note of PFF’s ridiculous LB rankings.

May that fuel him.

Ayell dot com has a few NFL notes for you.

Smith said he and Hurts can’t count on their college connection being enough for them to succeed in the NFL.

“It can only help so much,” Smith said. “I mean, you have to continue that, so we have to continue building from that. I mean, just because we had the connection in college don’t mean that it’s the same now. We’ve both grown as players. We both have things that we added to our game, so we have to build from that and get better now. I mean, I feel like whatever we did in college, it has nothing to do with now because things have changed over time.”

Alabama tight end Carl Tucker has signed with the Miami Dolphins, the NFL team announced on Thursday.

With Miami’s rookie minicamp scheduled for this weekend, the Dolphins announced the signings of Tucker and three other rookies who were not selected in the NFL Draft April 29 through May 1.

In announcing Tucker’s signing, Miami listed his position as fullback.

On Thursday, Jackson announced the change via his Instagram account, and the Bears noted the number switch in an announcement about the jersey numbers for the team’s new players.

Before the 2021 season, Jackson could not wear No. 4 for Chicago. Under previous NFL rules, defensive backs were required to wear numbers from 20 through 49.

Last, unlike the Alabama RB battle, the competition for touches wasn’t so fierce in Columbus.

The law firm interviewed 117 current and former players and 44 current and former coaches and staff members to determine whether a crime or NCAA violations were committed. Ohio State said that neither occurred.

Of the players, 83 had no knowledge of or interaction with the massage therapist. Twenty received non-sexual massages, and five had consensual sex with her. None were minors.

None of the coaches or staff members had any knowledge of the massage therapist, the report said.

Also according to the report, the woman had no connection to Ohio State or anyone connected to the university.

Guess she went down for going down.

That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.

Roll Tide.