One of the staples of Alabama’s most recent dynasty has been strong play from its offensive line units.
However, in 2013, Nick Saban’s troops experienced some noticeable stretches where that group had its share of struggles.
Entering the spring, offensive line coach Mario Cristobal will be searching for two new starters in addition to developing the type of cohesion the Tide have enjoyed up front in recent years.
Between tackle Austin Shepherd, center Ryan Kelly and guard Arie Kouandjio, the line unit has a trio of experienced veterans who are familiar with the Tide’s system and the rigorous trench wars that take place in the SEC.
There are also younger talents such as tackle Grant Hill and guard Alphonse Taylor who have an excellent chance to make their case to earn a starting role. Also, the arrival of Cameron Robinson, the nation’s top left tackle prospect in the 2014 class, is sure to add a little intrigue to the race to fill Cyrus Kouandjio’s shoes.
What should Tide fans need to know about the offensive line unit heading into the spring?
All recruiting information and rankings courtesy of 247Sports.