Battle within the Battle: LSU D-Line vs. Alabama O-Line
Veteran Bama O-Line Looks to Repeat as National Champions
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide will head to Death Valley this upcoming Saturday night, to take on Les Miles and the No. 5 LSU Tigers. This is a monster SEC showdown that has National Championship implications. The Crimson Tide have been the number one team in the land for some time now, and LSU would love to knock them off in front of their home crowd. There will be several future NFL players on the field come Saturday night, especially on the line in the trenches. The Bama offensive-line and LSU defensive-line are arguably the two best units in the nation when it comes to those groups. This battle within the battle is something that I must break down for you all!
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is having his best season yet, and is statistically the most efficient quarterback in the nation right now. Instead of giving him all the credit, I must shine the spotlight on his offensive-line. This O-Line could go, as a whole, to the NFL and perhaps protect Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick better than his current line could. This front is not only full of veteran leadership, they are coming off a National Championship victory against the same LSU squad. I'm sure them LSU boys want nothing more than to get some sweet revenge.
The LSU defensive-line may too be able to move itself to the NFL and generate a pass-rush that may be more capable than some current NFL squads. There are three cats on this unit that will likely play at the next level, and also end up first round draft picks. This breakdown will feature a trio of juniors that hope to break through this nasty good Alabama front.
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Barrett Jones is the Heart
This unit is anchored by senior Barrett Jones. Jones is like a Swiss Army knife, as he can play any position on the line, and play it at a high level. This 2011 Outland trophy winner and All-American is 6'5, 305 pounds and is undoubtedly going to be a first round NFL draft pick after this year. Jones has recently been playing center for the Crimson Tide and is the epitome of a leader. The Memphis, Tennessee native already has two National Championships under his large belt.
More NFL Talent
The left-guard position is held down by senior Chance Warmack. Warmack too is likely to be a first round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The 6'3, 320 pounder has started over 30 games for Alabama, and is considered the best guard in the nation.
Junior D.J. Fluker is another monster, 6'6, 335 pounds, and he protects the right side for A.J. McCarron. Fluker already has the size, experience and skill to play right-tackle in the NFL.
The Young Monster
Cyrus Kouandjio is a monster! At 6'6, 310 pounds, the sophomore is sometimes impossible to surpass, making A.J. McCarron a happy man. As a true freshman, Kouandjio played in eight games but tore is ACL in the Tide's game against the Tennessee Volunteers in 2011.
Although he may not be 100% yet, his size alone is a key factor in opening up running holes, and keeping McCarron clean. The sky is the limit for this kid if he can get back to full health.
Bennie Logan is the Unsung Hero
Junior Bennie Logan is sometimes overlooked on this LSU defensive-line. Sacking the quarterback is sexy, and Logan is more of a run-stopping machine.
Logan is 6'3, 295 pounds, and has NFL scouts excited about his ability to clog up running lanes and stuff opposing running-backs. Regardless of his skill-set, you know this kid would love to get his shot at sacking A.J. McCarron.
Defensive-end Sam Montgomery is just another one of Les Miles players that will inevitably end up playing on Sundays in the NFL. Montgomery, 6'5, 260 pounds, is a complete defensive-end, and has four sacks so far this year.
Barkevious "KeKe" Mingo is arguably the best pass-rushing defensive-end in the nation. Mingo, a junior, will also be a first round NFL Draft pick, and he has scouts raving about his length and athleticism. Although KeKe Mingo is only 6'5, 240 pounds, his wingspan is obnoxiously scary for opposing running-backs and quarterbacks. Just look at how he is gripping up quarterback Connor Shaw in the picture above. Beast!