Alabama Linemen Headline AP All-American First Team

Martin WeinbergContributor IDecember 16, 2008

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team was loaded with stars this year. These stars led Alabama to a phenomenal record in head coach Nick Saban's second season.

However, you may not have even heard of these folks because they did not line up at positions that garner rock star status. Nonetheless, Alabama put three players on the AP's All-American First Team.

And all three of these guys are linemen: offensive tackle Andre Smith, center Antoine Caldwell, and nose guard Terrence "Mount" Cody. All three of these guys should be playing football on Sundays for a long time to come.

The Alabama football team has some future offensive weapons in wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram, who will surely earn some national recognition over the next few years.

However, much of the success of this year's team should be owed to Smith, Caldwell, and Cody.