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Jimmy Burch: Optimism rampant at Alabama despite offensive issues

HOOVER, Ala. Alabama coach Nick Saban used the word rebuild in relation to his football team Wednesday, citing the need for a new quarterback to "take the bull by the horns" in fall drills before the Crimson Tide can successfully defend its SEC title and earn a CFP playoff berth. But that message fell on deaf ears in the lobby of the same hotel where Saban assessed his squad. The grandfather in the Paul "Bear" Bryant outfit, a lifelong Alabama fan, made it clear that he expects Saban's squad to be more just an SEC contender this season. "I expect 12-0," said Alton White, 78, a retired carpenter from Birmingham. "That's what I expect every...

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