Crimson Tide Roll Call: June 20, 2019

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Ice Cream Soda Day

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

72 days

Did you notice?

• Oregon outfielder Alexis Mack, a two-time All-Pac-12, announced that she’s transferring and will play softball at Alabama.

• reported that infielder Kobe Morris entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, joining former teammates Wil Freeman, John Trousdale and Gene Wood. Morris made 26 starts during his only season with the Crimson Tide, hitting .136 with four RBIs.

• Kid in a candy store?

• Alabama Softball associate head coach Alyson Habetz will be inducted into the West Alabama Softball Hall of Fame on Friday at Robertson’s Barn in Ralph, Ala. The rest of the class is Tommy Colvin, Wendy Harris, Lisa Patrick, Dennis Shoemaker, George Sylvester and Earnest Washington. The Hall is located at the Jerry Belk Center in Tuscaloosa.

• Alabama’s updated basketball roster included numerous new jersey number for the players including: Javian Davis-Fleming 0; Herbert Jones 1; Juwan Gary 4; Jaden Shackelford 5; James “Beetle” Bolden 11; Jaylen Forbes 12; Jahvon Quinerly 13; James Rojas 33 and Raymond Hawkins 35.

•  Athlon announced its preseason All-American teams, which included nine Crimson Tide players. Juniors Tua Tagovailoa (quarterback), Jerry Jeudy (wide receiver), Jedrick Wills Jr. (offensive line) and Dylan Moses (linebacker) were the first-team selections. The second team had junior running back Najee Harris, senior Raekwon Davis (defensive line), junior Xavier McKinney (defensive back) and sophomore Jaylen Waddle (punt returner). Alex Leatherwood (offensive line) was fourth team.

• Jonathan Allen revealed he had LASIK surgery on social media:

• Crimson Tide senior catcher/infielder Brett Auerbach is off to a hot start with the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League. He’s batting .438 (7-16) with a double and three RBIs in six games played. He’s also stolen three bases.

• We’ll leave you with this …

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

June 20, 1966: College football fans in general and Alabama fans in particular are stunned by the news from Los Angeles that Crimson Tide head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant had an apparent heart attack while making a speech at Pepperdine College. Before collapsing at the speaker's podium, Bryant clutched his chest and said, "Something is wrong with me. Is there a doctor in the house?" (doctors later diagnosed a stomach ailment)

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“I thought I was dying. When I woke up on the floor, I was glad … because I remember having thought I was dying.” — Bear Bryant the next day to the Tuscaloosa News after sports editor Charles Land flew out to Los Angeles.