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Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has dominated awards season so far. He’s already won two national awards — Thorpe and Bednarik — and has been named to the All-SEC team. On Monday, he earned two more honors. Fitzpatrick is now an Associated Press All-American and a Football Writers Association of America All-American. Since he was already a Walter Camp All-American, he now has three of the five honors needed to earn consensus honors. Fitzpatrick will be a unanimous All-American if he makes the first team of the Sporting News and American Football Coaches Association selections.
Fitzpatrick has produced 52 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception, 7 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick this season.
Alabama also had two other players named to the AP All-America team. Center Bradley Bozeman and tackle Jonah Williams made the second and third teams, respectively. Bozeman also made the FWAA team as a second-team selection.
In other headlines …
- Alabama commit Slade Bolden won Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Louisiana. Bolden is a quarterback.
- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney gave his thoughts on the Alabama-Clemson rivalry.
- New Oregon coach Mario Cristobal had high praise for Alabama coach Nick Saban.
In the last two meetings between Alabama and Clemson, O.J. Howard has been considered the X-factor. He was overlooked in the first game and racked up 205 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 catches. Even after Clemson learned its lesson, the Tigers still let Howard go for 106 yards and 1 touchdown in the rematch. Since Howard is gone, who will be Alabama’s next X-factor? Our own Christopher Walsh broke down the candidates.
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