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Blog: Alabama Rebuilding at Offensive Line

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Alabama will hold its last practice before spring break tomorrow, but the Tide has huge holes to fill this season up front on the offensive line. The Tide has to replace three standout starters Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, and DJ Fluker. For Alabama everything starts and finishes up front on offensive. Alabama is and will always be under Nick Saban a run first type of team no matter how good a guy like AJ McCarron might be.  

Because the O-line is so important to Alabama you know Saban has recruited well in that area. I do think it's telling that Saban brought some jucos in like Brandon Hill and Leon Brown that could play right a way. Saban is on record saying that he only brings in jucos if he plans on them competing right away. I think you could also see a Kouandjio heavy O-line with Cyrus Kouandjio's big brother Arie lining up next to him at guard. Some other names to look for in next years starting lineup could be Ryan Kelly, Chad Lindsay, or Austin Shepherd.


Nick Saban talked yesterday about finding the best combination on the field "We have two really good starters coming back, we had some others guys who played some and got some experience. So there is six or seven guys competing for the spots right now and we move them around, the play guard one day tackle the next, center the next, we finding out what they can do and how well they can do it and what the best combination of people is going to be for us to have the best possible offensive line and get the next guys in the best situation where they can provide us the most depth so"

Alabama will be rebuilding this year up front, and there will be a drop off, but the O-line should gel and become a solid unit.

Alabama Tonight Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13 

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