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Crimson Tide players past and present compete for a spot with the Ravens

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) runs onto the field during player introductions before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

A player from Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s first national championship for the Crimson Tide in 2010, and another from his most recent title win, both want to play for the Baltimore Ravens. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters over the weekend that former Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was taking part in the Raven’s rookie mini-camp. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2019. Dareus suffered an injury that forced him to miss the last nine games of that season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team chose not to keep him, and Dareus has spent the last two seasons off the field as a free agent. Dareus is perhaps best known for an interception and touchdown going into halftime against the Texas Longhorns during the 2010 national championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. He’ll be working out at the Raven’s minicamp alongside former Alabama cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis, who was picked in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft. He was part of the Crimson Tide roster that went onto beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in January of 2021 for Alabama’s sixth, and most recent, national title under Saban.

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