December 5, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 3 Alabama's offensive line is
smaller and more athletic than last year's group, and has little of
the star power.
The Crimson Tide's blockers are still managing to pave the way
for a running game that ranks fifth in the nation and keep
defenders off quarterback Greg McElroy going into Saturday's
Southeastern Conference opener against Arkansas.
Coach Nick Saban said it's a different type of line than last
year's group but has played with a lot of toughness. All-Americans
Andre Smith and Antoine Caldwell and guard Marlon Smith all were
bigger than their replacements.
James Carpenter, William Vlachos and Barrett Jones have taken