It is not Big AL, but Alabama football has a new elephant on campus

Fans outside Bryant-Denny Stadium waiting for Alabama football players during 2020 season
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The University of Alabama has a new member on campus, and fans will see it on A-Day.

Big AL is the school’s beloved mascot. One can see him at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, Rhoads Stadium, Foster Auditorium, Sewell-Thomas Stadium, or anywhere the Crimson Tide has an athletic event. He has witnessed many national championships and brought joy to Tide fans everywhere. Hopefully, he is ready to share the stage with another elephant.

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According to Alabama Athletics on Twitter, a 19-foot, seven-ton bronze statue of an elephant has been installed on campus.

“Tuska” was given to UA by the Westervelt Company, according to a report from WFSA Channel 12 News. It was sculpted by English artist Terry Matthews and has been at the NorthRiver Yacht Club since September of 2000.

Tuska will be located at the southeast corner of University Boulevard and Wallace Wade Avenue in front of BDS.

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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.

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