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Braxton Key a welcome holiday present as Tide returns to action

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Braxton Key a welcome holiday present as Tide returns to action

Braxton Key. All signs point to the sophomore forward making his season debut, likely supplanting Riley Norris in the starting lineup. He was the brightest spot in last year’s lineup, making the SEC All-Freshman team after scoring a team-high 12 points per game to go with an average of 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

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Mercer wrap-up: Hard to find fault with total domination

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Mercer wrap-up: Hard to find fault with total domination

If the main goal coming out of Alabama’s game against Mercer Saturday was to avoid major injuries, Alabama checked off that box.

If the goal was to give linebacker Dylan Moses as many snaps as possible to prepare him for Auburn, the Crimson Tide was able to do that, as well.

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Mercer preview: Wounded Alabama hopes for a Mercer-ful respite before Auburn game

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Mercer preview: Wounded Alabama hopes for a Mercer-ful respite before Auburn game

Mercer, a school whose program lay dormant from 1942 to 2013, is a Southern Conference member of the former Division-IAA, now called FCS. The Bears are 5-5 in 2017, put a small scare into Auburn earlier in the year, and lost by just 1 point to Wofford, which now sits at 9-1 and leads the Southern Conference standings.

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Mercer

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Mercer

This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.

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