Crimson Tide Roll Call: June 12, 2019

Former Crimson Tide cornerback Levi Wallace posted this photo when wishing Nick Saban a happy birthday last year. Today, we return the favor.

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Jerky Day

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

81 days

Did you notice?

• After being seeded eighth in the NCAA Tournament, Alabama softball finished No. 4 in the final national polls from both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and USA Softball. It was the Crimson Tide’s first top-five finish since 2014.

• The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its 11 Regional Coaching Staff of the Year recipients, with Alabama earning its 11th South Region honor. The staff was made up of head coach Patrick Murphy, associate head coach Alyson Habetz, assistant coach Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro, volunteer assistant Brynne Dordel and director of operations Kate Harris.

• A medical update on the Texas softball pitcher who was struck in the face by a throw during the super regional at Alabama:

• HBO's reality series "Hard Knocks" will feature the final training camp of the Oakland Raiders, as the franchise is moving to Las Vegas next year. Two former Crimson Tide players, running back Josh Jacobs and offensive lineman Lester Cotton Sr., are on the roster.

• Charlie Potter from BamaOnline reported that walk-on senior wide receiver Chris Herring has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

• Thanks to his new deal with the New York Jets, linebacker C.J. Mosley was No. 82 on the Forbes list of World's Highest-Paid Athletes. Tuscaloosa-based boxer Deontay Wilder was No. 56.

• Former Alabama pitcher Davis Vainer posted that he’s sticking with his transfer to Arizona and not turning pro despite being drafted:

• But baseball got a commitment:

• USA Today ranked the top 10 running backs in college football and didn’t include Najee Harris. You don’t think that will end up in his locker, do you? Nah.

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

June 12, 1995: Cornerback Levi Wallace was born on his day in Tucson, Arizona.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“I had a lot going on in my life, so I was really ready to let football go. My dad just kind of convinced me ‘Just see how good you are.’ I wanted to see how it is going up against some of the best athletes, some of the best receivers that come to the University of Alabama. I just wanted to see how good I was.He just said he believed in me, he always believed in me and my abilities. He said, ‘You’re a great football player, so you might as well give it a shot and see where things go.’” — Levi Wallace, who went from being a walk-on player to the Buffalo Bills, about his late father.