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Alabama players unveil a new message for naysayers this season

The University of Alabama football team walks on the field against Middle Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL on Saturday, Sep 2, 2023.
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Alabama fans enjoy slogans such as “Joyless Murderball” for football season.

After opening this campaign with a victory over Middle Tennessee State, the players unveiled a new message for opponents and naysayers to think about. Terrion Arnold, a third-year cornerback, spoke to local reporters Monday as the team prepared to host Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns. He and the team heard and felt the disrespect from national media pundits throughout the summer. Arnold played well against the Blue Raiders, wide receiver Isaiah Bond trucked a defender over, and Jalen Milroe showed everyone he’s a marquee quarterback. Arnold said the message is an acronym, LANK, and people need to get used to it.

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“You guys will eventually know what LANK means,” Arnold said. “Jalen Milroe is my LANK brother. People have been doubting him and saying that he can’t play the position. For him to go out there and have a great performance, he’s put in a lot of work so it’s good to see him grow. I look forward to seeing him have a lot of success.”

Arnold said LANK means “let all naysayers know.”

He, Milroe, Bond, and the Tide showed it against the Blue Raiders. Alabama earned a 56-7 victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium to start its push for a national championship on the right foot. The Tide heard the talk about Georgia being the ‘new standard’ in college football and how it’s no longer a physical team. Alabama put some on notice last week, but now it has a bigger stage.

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Nick Saban looks forward to his team making a statement against the Longhorns.

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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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