Saban Praises Tide Offensive Line

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban has been impressed with his offensive line's performance this spring.

And that's welcome news for a unit that was frequently criticized last season.

Saban says he likes the way the offensive line has executed and finished plays, including several backups.

The Tide's line returns every starter, though right tackle Chris Capps is limited in spring practice while recovering from shoulder surgery.

The group was a popular target for criticism last season. The Tide ranked ninth in the Southeastern Conference in rushing and gave up 28 sacks.

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