Alabama Football plays Southern Miss at Bryant Denny Stadium
SOPHOMORE (2015): The first true freshman to start at left offensive tackle since Andre Smith in 2006, he earned first team Freshman All-America honors a season ago ... should garner serious consideration for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award ... now a sophomore and one of two returning starters on the Tide’s offensive line ... helped open holes for 199.3 rushing yards per game that ranks 35th nationally and fifth in the SEC ... has 27 knockdown blocks ... blocked for 14 100-yard rushers in his career and seven this season ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his performance at Mississippi State. Wisconsin: Had five knockdown blocks as the Crimson Tide rushed for 238 yards and accounted for 502 yards of total offense against the Badgers ... blocked for Derrick Henry’s career-high 147 rushing yards and three scores ... allowed one sack. Middle Tennessee: Amassed three knockdown blocks as the Tide rushed for 220 yards (5.6 per carry) and totaled 532 yards of offense. Ole Miss: Blocked for 503 yards of total offense while opening holes for 215 rushing, including 127 yards by Henry ... the line as a whole allowed only one sack in 59 pass attempts ... graded out at 85 percent with two knockdown blocks ... earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff following the LSU and Mississippi State games. ULM: Started and graded out at 86 percent with no missed assignments ... surrendered half of a sack and helped the Tide generate 34 points on offense. Georgia: Protected the quarterback’s blind side and blocked for 379 yards of total offense, including 189 yards rushing ... did not allow a sack or pressure during the game. Arkansas: Opened holes for 95 rushing yards by Derrick Henry ... did allow one sack in the Tide’s 27-14 win. Texas A&M: Blocked for 258 yards rushing, including 236 yards by Henry, which was the fourth-highest single-game rushing total in school history ... had two knockdown blocks ... had a team high four knockdown blocks ...and graded out at 84 percent ... the line as a whole allowed only one sack to an Aggies’ team that enter the game averaging almost four sacks per game that led the SEC. Tennessee: Opened holes for 143 yards rushing by Henry ... tied the team-high with five knockdown blocks. LSU: Cleared a path for 210 rushing yards from Derrick Henry and 250 for the team … had two knockdown blocks and graded out above 80 percent ... earned Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his play ... did not allow a sack ... provided time for Jake Coker to complete 75 percent of his passes. Mississippi State: Graded out at 90 percent ... earned Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his play ... did not allow a sack or hurry ... opened holes for 235 yards rushing as Henry went over 200 yards (204) for the second straight week.
FRESHMAN (2014): Earned Freshman All-American by Sporting News and the Football Writers Assocation of America ... finished with 32 knockdown blocks on the season while surrendering just three sacks in 861 snaps ... helped lead an offensive line that averaged 206.6 yards rushing per game, which ranked seventh in the SEC and 30th nationally ... the line surrendered just 16 sacks on the season to rank second in the SEC and 14th nationally (1.14 per game) ... blocked for 484.5 yards of total offense per game (third in the SEC and 17th nationally) ... blocked for seven 100-yard rushers on the year. West Virginia: Had one knockdown block while helping open holes for two 100-yard rushers as T.J. Yeldon went for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Derrick Henry added 113 yards and one score ... blocked for 538 yards of total offense with no sacks allowed. FAU: Recorded a knockdown block and helped block for 190 yards on the ground while providing time for 430 yards through the air, which is the second-most yards in school history ... did not allow a sack in 38 pass attempts. Southern Miss: Had four knockdown blocks as Alabama accounted for 333 yards on the ground and 547 total yards. Florida: Recorded a team-high seven knockdown blocks and opened holes for the second-most yards in school history as the Crimson Tide complied 672 total yards, including 449 in the air and 223 on the ground ... blocked for his third 100-yard rushing game of the season as Henry gained 111 yards on 20 carries. Ole Miss: Recorded a team-high six knockdown blocks and graded out as the second best on the team ... did not allow a sack. Arkansas: Had two knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack. Texas A&M: Opened holes for a historic offensive performance from the Tide with 602 yards of total offense and 59 points ... blocked for 298 yards rushing. Tennessee: Played 33 snaps before leaving the game with a high-ankle sprain ... had two knockdown blocks. LSU: Recorded two knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack ... returned to the field just two weeks after leaving the Tennessee game with a high-ankle sprain. Mississippi State: Did not miss an assignment and had one knockdown block versus the then top-ranked Bulldogs. Western Carolina: Helped open holes for 275 yards on the ground ... provided time for 337 yards passing while not allowing a sack. Auburn: Played 44 snaps before leaving with a sprained right shoulder ... graded out at 89 percent with three knockdown blocks. Missouri: Opened holes for 242 rushing yards, including 141 by Henry ... provided time for 262 passing yards and 504 yards of total offense, the most allowed by the Tigers' defense this season. Ohio State: Started his 14th game of the season ... helped open holes and provide time for 407 yards of offense ... did not allow a sack.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was not only the top-rated offensive tackle in the nation but one of the most highly regarded recruits across all positions ... a unanimous five-star prospect who enrolled at Alabama in January of 2014 and participated in spring practice for the Crimson Tide ... Parade Magazine All-American ... first-team All-USA selection by the USA Today ... participated in the Under Armour All-America Game ... invited to "The Opening" on the Nike campus in Oregon ... first team MaxPreps All-American in 2014 ... one of three players from the city of Monroe, La., in Alabama's 2014 recruiting class ... was rated at the No. 2 player in the nation by Scout.com and the outlet's top-ranked offensive tackle ... No. 3 in 247Sports Top247 while being listed as the No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 2 player in the state of Louisiana ... the 247Sports Composite slotted him fourth nationally, the first tackle and No. 2 in the state ... ESPN rated him the No. 1 offensive tackle, No. 2 player in the state and No. 2 prospect in the ESPN 300 ... also No. 2 in the Southeast Region by ESPN ... listed as the No. 1 tackle and No. 17 player nationally by Rivals.com ... five-star member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team, ranking as the No. 12 player in the class of 2014 and the No. 1 offensive lineman ... finalist for the Chip Off the Old Block Award, presented by the Rotary Lombardi Award to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman ... 2012 and 2013 first team 5A Louisiana All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... played at West Monroe High School for head coach Jerry Arledge ... received scholarship offers from almost every program in the nation, selecting Alabama over LSU along with Michigan, Auburn and Arkansas.