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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. 

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  • uBnice Jan 10, 2013

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    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, 2013

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

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 9, 2013

    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, 2013

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    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, 2013

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

  • StunGunn Jan 8, 2013

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    My Nyquil kicked in at the half:)

  • StunGunn Jan 8, 2013

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    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, 2013

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

  • Objective Scientist Jan 8, 2013

    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, 2013

    Oh, Gravely I suppose.

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Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
 
4th
ATL 104
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 67
UTA 72
 
4th
CHI 74
WAS 67
 
2nd
DEN 34
MIL 40
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
2nd
NDAK 78
NEOM 79
 
2nd
NILL 59
WMICH 56
 
2nd
ILLCH 58
WRST 57
 
Half
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 22
KENT 21
 
Half
NW 27
MICH 34
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
1st
UF 24
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 22
WVU 32
 
1st
CREI 16
VILL 12
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
 
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
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CLB 3
WAS 5
 
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
2nd Intermission
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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