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PODCAST: Joshua McMillon earns sixth year, inside Alabama-Michigan matchup for Citrus Bowl

Joshua McMillon during 2019 fall camp against Dylan Moses
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Prior to facing Michigan for the Citrus Bowl, Alabama received good news last week.

Joshua McMillon, a senior at inside linebacker, was granted a sixth year of eligibility via the NCAA. After a serious knee injury kept him from playing this season, he earned a medical redshirt. While he has yet to accept it, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide still pursued it. Should he take it, the Tide would have huge experience returning at weakside “Will” linebacker.

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Along with that, last week (Saturday) was the 13th anniversary of the biggest fib ever told by Saban.

He said that would not be the Alabama head coach on Dec. 21, 2006.

Saban, who was with the Miami Dolphins at the time, was not lying and Rich Rodriguez had expressed interest in the job. However, Mal Moore found a way to get his guy and the rest is history.

In the first segment of In My Own Words, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine updated Tide fans on McMillon getting his sixth year granted. I also dive into how Saban’s fib turned out to be the biggest blessing for the program.

Alabama gets a 6th-year for Josh McMillon; the fib that produced a major blessing

Despite it not participating in the College Football Playoff, the Citrus Bowl is still important to Alabama.

Players spoke all throughout last week on the importance of finishing strong. Michigan enters with a mindset to take out a Southeastern Conference team and Alabama wants to enter the offseason with much confidence.

During this segment of the show, I break down five players from the Wolverines that will test Alabama.

These 5 Michigan players WANT Alabama

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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