8/21/19 MFB Practice
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13)
Photo by Jeff Hanson

Wednesday session marks the start of the 2019-20 academic year

 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team began classes on Wednesday with the start of the 2019-20 academic year. The Crimson Tide followed the day in the classroom with a full-pad practice at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

Wednesday’s session was the 17th in a series of 20 practices during fall camp before the Crimson Tide begins game-week prep for the season opener against the Duke Blue Devils. The two teams will meet on Saturday, Aug. 31 in Atlanta, Ga., inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The SEC vs. ACC pairing is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on ABC.

Alabama’s remaining practices for the week will begin at 3:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Tide taking Sunday off.

Prior to practice, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was selected to the 2019 Manning Award Watch List, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced, making him one of 30 quarterbacks to be recognized. The junior signal-caller was one of five finalists for last year’s award.

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. In its first 15 years, the Manning Award has recognized quarterbacks from 12 different schools and from four different conferences. The SEC leads the way with four Manning Award winners (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow).

Also on Wednesday, the Crimson Tide placed five players on the 2019 USA Today Sports Preseason All-America Team, the wire service announced. Senior defensive lineman Raekwon Davis along with a pair of juniors in wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and linebacker Dylan Moses received first-team recognition for the Crimson Tide. Tagovailoa and fellow junior Jedrick Wills Jr. were named to the second team.