SEC Football Q&A: Is Alabama's Offensive Line the Best in the Country?

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 9, 2012

Alabama OL D.J. Fluker (right)
Alabama OL D.J. Fluker (right)Chris Graythen/Getty Images

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And we're off:

@barrettsallee what do u think of bamas o-line?

— MALCOM (@tadow97) August 9, 2012

To put it as simply as I can, it's the best offensive line in the country—and second place isn't even close.

Barrett Jones won the Outland Trophy last season, but moved to center this offseason. That tells you all that you need to know about how good this offensive line already is in Tuscaloosa.

Left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio told that he feels 100 percent after injuring his knee vs. Tennessee last season. That was really the last piece of the puzzle that needed to fall into place for Alabama's offensive line.

Kouandjio's ability to protect quarterback A.J. McCarron's blind side allowed Jones to move to center. Left guard Chance Warmack, right guard Anthony Steen and right tackle D.J. Fluker will comprise the rest of the offensive line. Jones, Warmack and Fluker all made Phil Steele's first-team All-American team

Not All-SEC, All-American.

That's sick.


@barrettsallee Who's the better option for UF - Brissett or Driskel?

— Richard Miller (@MillerOnSports) August 9, 2012

If Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett are close as passers, I'd give the edge to Driskel simply because he can provide more of a running threat than Brissett and can escape if his protection breaks down.

New offensive coordinator Brent Pease told the Orlando Sentinel that he's not opposed to playing both.

"We played with Joe Southwick and Grant Hedrick last year," said Pease. "Kellen [Moore] didn't take every snap. Whatever they can do to help the team. Make more weapons on the field or make more situations the defenses have to defend."

Typically, I'm not a fan of two-quarterback systems, but with Florida, I think it could work. Both players are accomplished passers that can do different things. Brissett has the big arm and Driskel can run. 

I give Driskel the edge, but I think both can handle the responsibility.


@barrettsallee Why do you hate Mark Richt? #SEC

— Zac Stuckey (@Zac_Stuckey) August 9, 2012

I don't hate Mark Richt. I'm not sure anyone on the planet is capable of hating Mark Richt.

I ranked him as the SEC's fourth-best head coach, despite a 14-12 record from 2009-10. Some view the 2011 season as an anomaly since the Bulldogs didn't play Alabama, LSU or Arkansas out of the West during the regular season.

It seems like you can't criticize "coach" Mark Richt without offending people that like Mark Richt, the man. 

That's unfair.

When he plays for a 42-yard field goal in overtime with a kicker that has had a bad year, that warrants criticism whether he's a good man or not.

I like Mark Richt the coach, and I think he provides a great example for not just his players, but for all college football fans.