banner
Jeff Gravley

Bama bigs lead the way

Posted January 8, 2013

Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, DJ Fluker, Cyrus Kouandjio, Anthony Steen. You may not have heard much about them because they are offensive linemen, but after watching Alabama blow up Notre Dame, these Bama bigs are a reason why the Tide rolled the Irish. 

Jones won his 3rd national championship ring playing his 3rd different position on the offensive line. The senior played his final game with torn ligaments in his left foot and even gave his own quarterback a shove in the fourth quarter. But he and the four other offensive linemen protected their quarterback from Notre Dame and kept AJ McCarron's uniform clean.

The big fellas also created paths for Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon to run through. One particular play caught my eye. On Lacy's first touchdown run, right guard Anthony Steen brushed the defensive lineman on his way to his assignment, block Manti Te'o. Steen tripped before getting to the Notre Dame All-American but instead of staying grounded, Steen lifted himself to his knees quickly enough to get a shoulder on Te'o who couldn't reach Lacy much less tackle him. The result was a 20-yard opening drive touchdown.

Like their team, Alabama's offensive front was the best in college football. Some with much deeper knowledge of Bama football than me, are calling this the best offensive line in Crimson Tide history. They were certainly in tune during the National Championship game against one of the top statistical defenses of 2012.

This was Mack truck meeting Mitsubishi down in Miami.

Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, DJ Fluker, Cyrus Kouandjio, Anthony Steen. They got much less attention during the national championship telecast than AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb. But from a football perspective, Bama doesn't score without them. 

15 Comments

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • uBnice Jan 10, 3:13 p.m.

    Given the state of intercollegiate D-I football today... how many of those guys can read and... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    The state of D-1 football today is that it is strictly an entertainment business that has no business on a University campus. It should be operated as a "pro" business, pay the players, and that way we won't have to concern ourselves with the sheer hypocrisy of asking 18-21 year olds to generate millions of dollars and in return, mostly not get a degree or get a very watered down degree.

    We are the only country in the world to use our college kids as unpaid semi-pro workers.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jan 10, 6:42 a.m.

    BREAKING NEWS: Obama has stepped in and decided that Alabama got too many points yesterday and... View More

    — Posted by Raleigh Rocks 1

    +1....& everybody gets a trophy.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 9, 8:47 a.m.

    BREAKING NEWS: Obama has stepped in and decided that Alabama got too many points yesterday and has redistributed some of those points to Notre Dame resulting in a tie in the game and a tie for the national championship. When asked for a comment, Obama said, "Alabama obviously got more than their fair share. They didn't win that all by themselves! What does one team need all those points for"?

  • Deacons Jan 8, 9:35 p.m.

    Given the state of intercollegiate D-I football today... how many of those guys can read and... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    Jones, number 95, center for Bama already has his masters in accounting with a 4.0 average. I looked up their
    SAT scores and gpa's as high school seniors and those scores are higher than many ACC schools.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jan 8, 6:41 p.m.

    This OL is probably as huge as most NFL teams. Probably larger than several. They did the job... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Yep....glad to see the big fellas get a little credit.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 8, 5:56 p.m.

    Compelling stuff. This was obvious by the end of the first drive. My milk and cookies kicked in... View More

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    My Nyquil kicked in at the half:)

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 8, 5:56 p.m.

    Given the state of intercollegiate D-I football today... how many of those guys can read and... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    Someone stated on one of the threads about the game that Alabama's graduation rate is 68%. That should tell you something. I heard their QB on ESPN today, and he's a very bright, articulate young man, and he's returning for his senior year so he can play with his younger brother, who will be a freshman next year, playing tight end.

  • takeabathgreg Jan 8, 5:05 p.m.

    when was the last time those beasts were tested for PED's?

  • Objective Scientist Jan 8, 4:37 p.m.

    Given the state of intercollegiate D-I football today... how many of those guys can read and write? What kind of STUDENTS are they? How many of them do not have the "academic chops" to be on any college campus? Hey! It may be that all of them will graduate Phi Beta Kappa... I don't know what their academic backgrounds and prowess is or may be. But... given the state of college football today (same for college basketball) - I have to ask the question!

  • zonk Jan 8, 4:10 p.m.

    Oh, Gravely I suppose.

More...

 

 

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Today at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Big Ten: Michigan at Michigan State

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST
 
Final
SFG 2
KAN 3
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
ORL 92
DAL 117
Final
TOR 83
NYK 80
Final
MEM 98
MIA 104
Final
CHI 112
MIN 113
Final
HOU 96
SAN 87
Final
UTA 100
PHO 105
Final
LAL 92
SAC 93
Final
GSW 119
DEN 112
Final
LAC 89
POR 99
Final
CIN 34
SFLA 17
Final
SALABAMA 27
TROY 13
Final
BSU 55
BYU 30
Final
CAL 41
OREG 59
12:00pm Today
WISC
MD
12:00pm Today
SMU
MEM
12:00pm Today
ILL
MINN
12:00pm Today
RICE
UNT
12:00pm Today
NEB
RUTG
12:00pm Today
KST
TEX
12:00pm Today
ARK
UAB
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
1:00pm Today
EMICH
NILL
1:00pm Today
NAVY
SJST
2:00pm Today
BST
AKR
2:00pm Today
GASTATE
GASO
2:00pm Today
TOL
UMASS
2:00pm Today
WMICH
OHIO
2:00pm Today
COL
UCLA
2:30pm Today
UMO
KSU
3:30pm Today
WAKE
BC
3:30pm Today
BUF
CMICH
3:30pm Today
MARS
FATL
3:30pm Today
PITT
GT
3:30pm Today
SMISS
LATU
3:30pm Today
MSU
MICH
3:30pm Today
KENT
MSST
3:30pm Today
STAN
ORST
3:30pm Today
TCU
TTU
3:30pm Today
OKST
WVU
4:00pm Today
WKENT
ODU
4:00pm Today
UTST
UNLV
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
VANDY
5:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
6:00pm Tonight
WASU
ARZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
LAMON
TXST
7:00pm Tonight
TXSANANTO
UTEP
7:00pm Tonight
COLST
WYO
7:15pm Tonight
LSU
MISS
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
ALA
7:30pm Tonight
AUB
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
NJD 2
DAL 3
Final
WIN 2
TAM 4
Final
COL 7
VAN 3
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
Final
ANA 4
CLB 1
4:00pm Today
SJS
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
NJD
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
NYR
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
 
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST