Alabama Football plays Southern Miss at Bryant Denny Stadium
OUTLOOK: The first true freshman to start at left offensive tackle since Andre Smith in 2006 ... garnered first team Frsehman All-America honors ... started all 14 games ... could contend for first team All-America honors as well as be a candidate for both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award.
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.