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Crimson Tide Roll Call: August 27, 2020

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  • Former Alabama and current New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney fractured his foot at training camp and had surgery on Wednesday. He is expected to miss a few months.
  • Justin Thomas will team up with Tiger Woods in a charity-exhibition match against Rory McIIory and Justin Rose on Sept. 22 to celebrate the opening of Payne's Valley at Big Cedar in Ridgedale, MI.  
  • Meanwhile, another former Alabama standout is showing off in the Big Apple — Dalvin Tomlinson. 
  • Check out the Fox Sports mini-series 'Tua Talks' on the Fox Sports App and website:
  • Former Alabama and Georgia defensive back Maurice Smith has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide's 2020 opener

30 days 

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

August 27, 1986: Alabama scored 10 points in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Mike Shula to Al Bell, plus an extra point and field goal by kicker Van Tiffin to defeat Ohio State 16-10 in the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowland. The game was the earliest season opener to date for an Alabama team.

Crimson Tide quote of the day

August 27: “There are two types of preparation, physical and mental. You can’t get by with just one or the other.” – Kenny Stabler

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