Alabama Football: An all-time name added to the roster

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Alabama football added a wild name to the roster

In the past, we’ve seen plenty of crazy names in college football. From Cassanova McKinzy to Smoke Monday to Bumper Pool to Edgar Allan Poe to Master Teague, plenty of elite names have come and gone in the history of the sport. Even Alabama football’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix deserves an honorable mention. Still, Alabama has an all-timer on the roster in 2021.

Ga’Quincy McKinstry will be on Alabama’s roster this season as a freshman corner, and that name would be cool enough. However, he is officially listed as Kool-Aid on Alabama’s online roster.

McKinstry had this nickname before, but it will now officially be what he is called by Tide fans and players. This brings a variety of possibilities to the forefront. When he makes a play, fans can scream the iconic “Oh Yeah” from the Kool-Aid Man. Jokes will be made regarding how he is ready to run through a brick wall for Alabama football. If NIL laws are ever passed, he could become a sponsor for the drink company.

Both McKinstry and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were highly-touted defensive back prospects. Clinton-Dix was drafted in the first round after making plays and winning a title for the Crimson Tide, and McKinstry will surely want to follow in his footsteps.

There is an opening at the corner position due to the loss of Patrick Surtain for Alabama football. There may be more experienced players on the roster, but few athletes have the talent of Kool-Aid. There is a realistic chance that he makes a name for himself and becomes a key contributor as early as his freshman season.

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Auburn is mostly known for having players with iconic names. They’ve seen Tank Bigsby, Kerryon Johnson, Smoke Monday, Noah Igbinoghene and McKinzy in the past few seasons. With Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama might take that monicker.