Crimson Tide Roll Call: June 22, 2019

Courtesy Alabama Athletics

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

Summersgiving. The day is designed to combine all the fun of summer with America’s favorite Thanksgiving food.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

70 days

Did you notice?

• You might have heard some rumors about Mark Ingram II being in town …

• Sophomore Prescott Butler won the 96th Long Island Amateur Championship at Brookville Country Club. He shot a 4-under 66 in stroke play qualifying on June 17. He followed that with five consecutive match play victories, capped by a dominant 11&9 win in the championship match. "It's normally hard to start quick, so I figured that if I could make a couple birdies in the first few holes, it's a huge advantage. I was actually really struggling," Butler told the Metropolitan Golf Association following his victory. "I shot 79 or something in the New York State Open qualifier last week and I was kind of struggling off the tee. I was trying to shape it both ways and I decided to stick with a low cut and I just hit that on literally every single tee shot out here. It's the best I've driven it in a while."

• Alabama golfer Jiwon Jeon named a first-team All-American by Golfweek:

• Alabama swimmer Laurent Bams was named the CoSIDA Men’s At-large Academic All-American of the Year. The honor marked the third time that an Alabama swimmer was named the at-large team’s Academic All-American of the Year and the 13th honor overall for the Crimson Tide, and the 12th over the past 12 years. Additionally, swimmers Laurent Bams and Robert Howard earned men’s Academic All-America honors, while tennis player Andie Daniell and rower Raien Emery were named to the women’s team.

 The latest from strength and conditioning guru Scott Cochran:

  Caesars Sportsbook has Alabama as a 32-point favorite over Duke on Aug. 31 in Atlanta. 

• Alabama assistant coach Alyson Habetz was inducted into West Alabama Softball Hall of Fame:

• Both former Alabama soccer players participating in the Women’s World Cup helped their teams advance to the Round of 16. Merel van Dongen is playing for The Netherlands, which won its group, while Celia Jimenez is with the Spanish National Team.

• We’ll leave you with this, from former Alabama shortstop Josh Rutledge and his slightly-famous wife …

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

June 22, 1966: Florida, with returning quarterback Steve Spurrier, was picked to challenge reigning national champion Alabama for the SEC crown. The strength of the Crimson Tide, according to media representatives, was its "smallish but quick" offensive line anchored by tackles Cecil Dowdy and Jerry Duncan and guards Bruce Stephens and John Calvert. One of the big question marks was thought to be quarterback, where backup Kenny Stabler replaced the graduated Steve Sloan. — Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"We had great respect for Alabama, especially it's defense, we knew they were a formidable opponent. But in retrospect, I think they were a lot stronger than a lot of our people thought." —Miami coach Dennis Erickson after the 1993 Sugar Bowl.