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This offseason, Alabama is going to have to replace three terrific offensive linemen: Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker.
While Warmack and Fluker will likely be the two highest NFL draft picks this April, Jones is the player the Tide will miss the most.
The four-year starter was the anchor of the offensive line. After switching from tackle to center in 2012, he proved to be a natural at the position, earning All-American honors and taking home the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the nation's best college center.
Ryan Kelly, a 6'5'', 288-pound redshirt freshman, will be asked to replace Jones up front in 2013.
Kelly, a former 3-star recruit from Ohio, has the talent it takes to succeed. He got game experience in a few of the Tide's blowout wins this past season. However, you have to expect that he will experience a few growing pains in 2013.
As we found out in the BCS Championship Game, QB AJ McCarron doesn't mind expressing his displeasure if his center messes up. So let's hope Kelly can limit his mistakes in his first season as a full-time starter.