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OUTLOOK: A talented and powerful offensive lineman ... returned to the field in 2012 in a reserve role after recovering from multiple knee surgeries ... won the starting job at left tackle in 2013 and returns in 2014 to help secure an offensive line that must replace two starters, including his brother Cyrus, who was the Tide's left tackle in 2012 and 2013 ... redshirted in 2010 and played two games in 2011 before injury ... has seen action in 26 career contests with 13 starts.
JUNIOR (2013): Started all 13 games at left guard ... allowed just two sacks all season, along an offensive line that ranked 23rd nationally and fourth in the SEC for fewest sacks allowed per game (1.31) ... helped block for 205.6 yards per game on the ground (25th nationally and fourth in the SEC) while helping account for 248.5 yards through the air for 454.1 yards of total offense (33rd nationally) that ranked as the second-most in a single season in Alabama history. Virginia Tech: Made his first career start in 35-10 victory over the Hokies in Atlanta. Texas A&M: Helped the offensive line establish an identity as the Tide rushed for 234 yards and passed for 334 ... recorded two knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack. Colorado State: Provided time to help AJ McCarron complete 77 percent of his passes for 258 yards. Ole Miss: Part of line that opened holes for a season-high 254 yards rushing and gave time for McCarron to complete 78 percent of his passes. Georgia State: Helped block for 296 rushing yards and graded out at 89 percent in 48-7 victory ... did not allow a sack, while McCarron completed 93.8 percent of his passes. Kentucky: Named one of Alabama's Offensive Players of the Week ... posted a grade of 89 percent as Alabama accumulated the second-most total yards in school history (668) ... opened some of the holes for 299 yards on the ground and did not allow a sack while helping provide time for 369 passing yards. Arkansas: Did not allow a sack on 24 pass attempts ... part of line that opened holes for 352 rushing yards and 532 of total offense ... second straight week blocking for two 100-yard rushers. Tennessee: Kept McCarron's jersey clean in 45-10 win over the Vols that saw the Alabama offense produce 204 yards on the ground and 275 through the air. LSU: Helped open holes for 133 yards on the ground by T.J. Yeldon and 193 total rushing yards against the Tigers ... did not allow a sack and accounted for two knockdown blocks. Mississippi State: Cleared a path to help produce 160 yards rushing for Yeldon ... did not allow a sack. Chattanooga: Helped open holes for 435 yards of offense including 251 yards on the ground. Auburn: Blocked for 218 yards rushing and 495 total yards ... helped Yeldon gain 141 yards and score a touchdown ... had one knockdown block and did not allow a sack. Oklahoma: Started his 13 straight game at left guard.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Earned time off the bench along the offensive line in 11-of-14 games.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2011): Saw the first playing time of his career, seeing action at Penn State and against Arkansas before a knee injury cut his season short.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted during his first year at the Capstone.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the top offensive line prospects nationally in 2010 ... a four-star prospect who possessed excellent size and mobility ... a U.S. Army All-American ... a SuperPrep All-American and the No. 23 offensive lineman nationally ... also ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep ... ranked the No. 15 offensive tackle by Rivals.com and 117th in the Rivals250 ... ranked as the No. 12 offensive tackle by Tom Lemming ... the No. 29 tackle by Scout.com and the No. 14 offensive guard by ESPNU ... second in the Rivals.com Maryland Postseason Top 20 ... a member of the PrepStar Dream Team, as the No. 144 player nationally ... played for head coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he recorded 23 pancake blocks as a senior ... chose Alabama over California, Maryland, Southern California and Miami.