Arguably the most important position on the offensive line is left tackle because it entails protecting the quarterback’s blind side. With Cyrus Kouandjio—who was taken in the second round by the Buffalo Bills—departing a year early, that importance is magnified considering the Tide will have new players at both left tackle and quarterback.
After a spring filled with experiments, true freshman Cameron Robinson—a 5-star recruit considered the crown jewel of the Tide’s top-ranked 2014 recruiting class—is in good position to win the job entering fall camp.
As noted by Marc Torrence of BamaOnLine, Saban realizes the challenges of inserting Robinson into the lineup this early.
I think Cam is going to be a work in progress. He’s a very talented guy, and he made some mistakes today. For example, we threw a screen, he blocked the wrong guy, and because he blocked the wrong guy, the screen got intercepted and run back for a touchdown. But I think all those things are learning opportunities. Everyone talks about experience, but how do you get experience? You get experience by making mistakes. We need for him to learn from those mistakes, which he will, and he’ll develop and improve.
While entrusting a true freshman to start in a conference as physical as the SEC can be risky, Robinson—who checks in at 6’7”, 335 pounds—has the talent and skill set necessary to be the rare specimen capable of starting immediately.