Crimson Tide Roll Call: July 29, 2019

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Lasagna, Lipstick and Chicken Wing Day. Something for nearly everyone.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

33 days

Did you notice?

• Matt Zenitz of reported that sophomore linebacker Eyabi Anoma entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal and former Crimson Tide tight end Kedrick James was transferring to SMU. James entered the portal on July 12. Anoma entered the transfer portal once before in February, but only for a day.

• Alabama senior Zane Waddell won the 2019 FINA World Championships title in the 50-meter backstroke at The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea. Waddell clocked a 24.43 to edge world record holder Evgeny Rylov (24.49) of Russia by six-hundredths of a second. “The night really came together,” Waddell said. “The warmup went really well. A lot of emotion at the end of that race. There is nothing I can describe: it has always been a dream of mine to be a world champion and it’s amazing to finally realize that dream and go out and achieve it. I knew it was going to be the closest race of my life. I have huge respect for the other seven competitors out there and it’s just an amazing spirit to have got my hand first to the wall.”

• Crimson Tide senior Shelby McEwen took second in the high jump at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships with a personal best of 7-6½ (2.30m).

• The half-brother of former Alabama gymnast Mackenzie Brannan, Brian Roberts, lost his fight against cancer. The Crimson Tide team had worn a green ribbon in support.

• Alabama baseball pitcher Jacob McNairy, who is playing summer ball for the Mat-Su Miners in Alaska, notched his eighth save. He leads his team in ERA (1.30), and has made 16 appearances.

• According to the Detroit Free Press, former Alabama defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand suffered a left arm injury on the first play of the first period of practice. There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury. Teammate A’Shawn Robinson also remains away from the team for personal reasons.

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

July 29, 1963: Otto Graham, coach of the College All-Stars who were preparing for a showdown with the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers, was effusive in his praises of Alabama linebacker Lee Roy Jordan. "If I had 11 guys like Lee Roy Jordan, I'd beat Green Bay. I mean it. His attitude, determination and desire are unreal." The Packers, quarterbacked by Bart Starr, were 16-point favorites, but lost 20-17 in the College All-Star Football Classic.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"I'll put you through hell, but at the end of it all we'll be champions.” – Paul W. “Bear” Bryant.