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High school football highlights from the first full week of action

High school football got in full swing on Friday night. Each week we’ll take a quick look around the state at what happened under the Friday night lights.

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Jacksonville State and Alabama State get the football season underway on Saturday in neutral site games

Jacksonville State is in Montgomery and Alabama State travels to Atlanta to begin the football season.

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Former QB Iverson Hooks finds way into WR rotation at UAB

Iverson Hooks wanted to find his way onto the field in his first college football season.

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Seniors lead the way for Jacksonville State in the Gamecocks' final FCS season

The Football Championship Subdivision playoff carrot disappeared. The excitement over moving up a college football level and settling into some new facilities is reserved from someone else. That’s just part of reality for a group of 14 Jacksonville State senior football players.

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Looking ahead to the second week of high school football in Alabama

High school football teams gear up another week of early season games. Some teams opened last week while others delayed their season opener to this week. Each week, we’ll take a quick look at notable games.

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Dylan Hopkins wins battle for starting quarterback job at UAB

Dylan Hopkins will start at quarterback for the UAB Blazers in the Sept. 1 season opener against Alabama A&M at Protective Stadium.

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Healing is his priority but football remains Bill Clark's passion

Former UAB football coach Bill Clark missing football is not exactly unexpected news. For nearly 35 years, he’s coached football. For a lot longer than that, as the son of a high school coach, he’s been around the game. It’s toward the end of August, which means fall camp for college teams has ended and the first game quickly approaching.

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Basketball is just part of special trip to the Dominican Republic for the Samford men's basketball team

On the surface, it looked like the Samford men’s basketball team’s trip to the Dominican Republic was about the game of basketball. Dig past the surface, though, and it was about much more. And you really don’t have to dig far.

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Rich Rodriguez ready to see his first Jacksonville State football play in Saturday's opener

He’s considering on making a fashion statement by wearing shorts, will keep his starting quarterback a secret, at least to the public, until kickoff and had to adjust some things because he believes a couple staff members from the opening day opponent were at his team’s spring game. That covers some of the highlights of the first game week press conference for first-year Jacksonville State head coach Rich Rodriguez.

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Bryce Damous making an impact at tight end for UAB

Bryce Damous and his fellow UAB tight end teammates know very well that their position comes complete with a question mark heading into the season.

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Transfer QB Jarret Doege gets into his first scrimmage at Troy

Easing into his new situation wasn’t an option for freshly minted Troy University quarterback Jarret Doege. The much-traveled quarterback left Western Kentucky on Wednesday night, traveled with his new teammates at Troy on Thursday and participate in the Trojans fall camp scrimmage on Saturday.

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UAB football transitions from fall camp into preparing for season opener

Fall camp officially closed on Saturday night at Protective Stadium with UAB’s second and final scrimmage.

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Alabama transfer Jackson Bratton fits in nicely in UAB linebacker corps

Jackson Bratton, who was fresh off two years in the University of Alabama football program, didn’t know what to expect when he arrived at UAB.

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Versatility leads to big plays for Alabama's Jahmyr Gibbs

Jahmyr Gibbs, who has flashed his way into the spotlight during the University of Alabama football fall camp, was asked on Friday what his goals were in his first season in Tuscaloosa.

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Basketball dreams turn into football success for UAB's Dexter Boykin

Dexter Boykin had specific future athletic plans when he first arrived at Fairfield High. “I thought I was going to be about 6-8 and go to Duke,” Boykin said.

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Well-traveled QB Jarret Doege joins Troy football program

His latest transfer portal appearance ended with Jarret Doege joining the Troy University football program.

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UAB's Colby Dempsey plays his way into the cornerback rotation

Talking his way through a cornerback position filled with experience and talent to get into the playing rotation wasn’t an option. Colby Dempsey found an infallible option.

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UA receiver Jermaine Burton goes from foe to teammate in Tuscaloosa

His bond with quarterback Bryce Young is getting stronger by the day. His crowning moment in college football is solidly in the rearview mirror. His focus on working toward a new crowning moment is solidified.

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Wide receiver Ryan Davis finds his way back into the UAB football lineup

Ryan Davis was a full participant in UAB football practice on Monday morning.

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Lee Witherspoon back in the UAB running mix after missing last season with a leg injury

Lee Witherspoon made an impact at running back during UAB’s first full-scale scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday.

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Michael Hiers and Nik Scalzo look to become the next successful Samford quarterbacks

The point is, with Chris Hatcher running the show, chances are pretty good that Samford is going to be good at quarterback.

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UAB has success on both sides of the football in Saturday's scrimmage

UAB football interim head coach Bryant Vincent got what he wanted – balanced success - from his team’s first fall camp scrimmage on Saturday.

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Busy schedule doesn't keep Samford LB Nathan East from shining on the football field

Samford linebacker Nathan East is taking it to another level. East, the Bulldogs' lone preseason All-Southern Conference first team selection, is back for his sixth season with the program. He’s also in his second year in the stringent Physical Therapy Program at Samford and is a newlywed.

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Former UAB tight end Hayden Pittman is on his way to the WWE

Hayden Pittman treated his first contact with a member of World Wrestling Entertainment the same way many of us would. He considered it to be fake.

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UAB offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort overcomes obstacles to become a college graduate

It all slowed down when Bryant Vincent heard the question. What does it mean for Kadeem Telfort to walk across the stage inside Bartow Arena on Saturday and receive his college diploma from UAB?

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Alabama receiver JoJo Earle out with a foot injury

Alabama will be without sophomore wide receiver JoJo Earle for 6-8 weeks because of a fractured foot. UA head coach Nick Saban said that Earle hurt his foot in practice.

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Jacob Zeno settled in for quarterback competition at UAB

Trying to unseat a returning starter, while attempting to hold off two other quarterbacks striving to move up the depth chart, is fine with UAB’s Jacob Zeno.

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