Tide Not Concerned About O-Line

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Mike Johnson isn't among those fretting
over No. 5 Alabama's offensive line.

The Crimson Tide guard said the three new starters have put in
the work to be ready for the opener with Virginia Tech.

'Bama is replacing All-Americans Andre Smith and Antoine
Caldwell, along with right guard Marlon Davis.

Junior college transfer James Carpenter is in line to replace
Smith at left tackle. William Vlachos (Vuh-LAY-os), a junior, is
taking over at center for Caldwell.

Redshirt freshman Barrett Jones is stepping in at right guard.

The O-line was the anchor of the offense last season, helping the Tide overpower teams with a pounding running game.


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