Alabama football reporters were treated to in-state players to interview for the Iron Bowl.
Roydell Williams and Kool-Aid McKinstry were entertaining, but Tim Kennan III offered an interesting perspective.
Kennan, a Birmingham (Ala.) native, came to the University of Alabama in its 2021 class as a four-star.
He has grown into a leader and is having a good season. Kennan dropped nearly 30 pounds in the summer, going from 340 to 315. The 6-foot-2 specimen earned the starting job at nose tackle in fall camp, pushing Jaheim Oatis to defensive end. Kennan has 32 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, seven quarterback hurries, and a pass breakup. He leads the defense for quarterback hurries and has the team playing for a Southeastern Conference Championship versus Georgia. Kennan dedicated his life to Jesus and it has matured him into the player he’s become. The 2013 Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium is the one Kennan remembers most.
He said the matchup left a bad taste in his sister’s mouth, but he feels he can change it.
“Well, growing up in Birmingham, I was a big Alabama fan,” Kennan said.
“The memory I have the most about the Iron Bowl was the Kick Six. It was about how sad my sister was. She was really angry and usually my sister has a delightful smile, but that was the first time I saw her really pissed.”
The 2010 Iron Bowl was the first one Kennan watched. He wanted Alabama to win, but Cam Newton had other ideas.
“I really wanted y’all (Alabama) to win that one,” Kennan said to reporters. “At the time, I was trying to have some bragging rights being a kid and I was disappointed, but God gave me another chance to make it right.”
Kennan can put a smile on his sister’s face and be an impactful reason behind Alabama beating Auburn on the road.
He readies himself to have a dominant performance on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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