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OUTLOOK: A two-year starter at center who returns for his senior season at the Captsone ... a leading candidate for the Rimington Trophy, which is annually presented to the nation’s most outsanding center … will make all of the calls and provide stability to an offensive line that must replace three starters departed for the NFL … has played in 31 career games with 21 starts … will compete for All-SEC and All-America honors in the middle of the Tide’s offensive line in 2015.
JUNIOR (2014): A second-year starter at center who made all calls and anchored the Crimson Tide’s offensive line ... a member of the Rimington Trophy watch list ... started 12 games at center and 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) ... missed just seven assignments in 806 snaps on the year for a 99.1 percent success rate ... did not allow a sack ... blocked for six 100-yard rushers in 2014 and 16 in his starting career ... selected as Alabama’s Offensive Player of the Week at Tennessee and against Western Carolina. West Virginia: Opened 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: Graded out at a team-best 93 percent with one knockdown block and no missed assignments ... opened holes 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: Did not miss an assignment and helped the Tide roll up 333 yards on the ground and 546 yards of total offense ... had two knockdown blocks. Florida: Blocked for the second-most yards in school history as the Crimson Tide compiled 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 ... had two knockdown blocks and played 90 snaps. Ole Miss: Helped Alabama rush for 168 yards and pass for 228 in a loss at Ole Miss ... left the game in the second quarter with a sprained knee. Tennessee: Returned to the starting lineup after missing two weeks with a knee injury ... graded out at a team-high 89 percent and added two knockdown blocks ... earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Tide coaching staff. LSU: Recorded two knockdown blocks and graded out at 92 percent as Alabama drove for the game-tying field goal with 50 seconds remaining and won in overtime ... did not allow a sack. Mississippi State: Graded out at 88 percent with one knockdown block ... opened holes against one of the stoutest defensive lines in the nation in the No. 1 Bulldogs ... did not allow a sack and helped open numerous rushing lanes on the game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter that ended with a seven-yard touchdown run by T.J. Yeldon. Western Carolina: Helped open holes for 275 yards on the ground ... provided time for 337 yards passing while not allowing a sack ... had two knockdown blocks and graded out at 92 percent ... named Alabama’s Offensive Player of the Week. Auburn: Graded out at 88 percent and helped open holes and provide time for 539 yards of total offense, including 227 yards on the ground. 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 in 2014. Ohio State: Graded out at a team-high 87 percent with no missed assignments ... did not allow a sack and provided time for 407 yards of total offense.
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.