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OUTLOOK: Won the starting job at center in 2013 and excelled at the position ... returns to anchor the position and provide stability to an offensive line that must replace two starters departed for the NFL ... has played in 19 career games with nine starts ... could compete for All-SEC honors in the middle of the Tide's offensive line in 2014.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Took over the starting duties at center for departed All-American Barrett Jones ... started nine games and was responsible for line calls and adjustments along an offensive front that ranked 23rd nationally and fourth in the SEC for fewest sacks allowed per game (1.31) ... blocked 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. Texas A&M: Helped the offensive line establish an identity as the Tide rushed for 234 yards and passed for 334 yards ... recorded one knockdown block. Colorado State: Provided time for AJ McCarron to complete 77 percent of his passes for 258 yards. Ole Miss: Played most of the first half before suffering a stretched MCL. Tennessee: Returned to the starting lineup and helped the Crimson Tide rush for 204 yards while providing time for McCarron to throw for 275. 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. Mississippi State: Part of line that cleared a path for 160 yards rushing by Yeldon ... did not allow a sack. Chattanooga: Helped open holes for 435 yards of offense including 251 yards on the ground ... graded out at 93 percent. Auburn: Injured his knee in practice leading up to the game and did not play. Oklahoma: Graded out as the Tide's best offensive lineman against the Sooners at 90 percent with a knockdown block and no sacks allowed.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012): Came off the bench to play in 10 games at center ... named to the SEC All-Freshman team.
FRESHMAN (2011): Redshirted during his initial season at the Capstone.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the country's most versatile offensive line prospects, with impressive strength and athleticism who could possibly play all five positions ... a consensus four-star prospect and a big pickup for the Crimson Tide out of the state of Ohio ... was selected as an Under Armour All-American, but unable to play in the game coming off of a knee injury ... ranked the nation's No. 2 center by Scout.com ... ESPNU listed him as the No. 4 center in the country while Rivals.com had him ranked sixth at center and the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of Ohio ... suffered a torn ACL in 2010, forcing him to miss time, but still was named third-team Division I All-Ohio ... was a first team all-conference and all-city selection on the offensive line as a junior in 2009 ... SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 42 player in Ohio ... selected Alabama over offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Tennessee.