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• Senior leader and anchor of the Alabama offensive line from his center position with 31 career starts • Makes all of the offensive line calls for the Crimson Tide • Leading candidate for the Rimington Trophy that is awarded to the nation’s best center • Semifinalist for the Outland Trophy • Semifinalist for the Campbell Award, which goes to the nation’s best student-athlete • Midseason first team All-American by USA Today • Has an average offensive line grade of 88.2 percent, including four games over 90 percent • Has not graded out below 84 percent all season • Only missed eight assignments in 671 snaps this season for a success rate of 98.8 percent • Has not allowed a sack this season and only surrendered four quarterback hurries • Has 10 knockdown blocks from his center position • Committed only one penalty all season and has not been called for holding • Blocked for seven 100-yard games for Derrick Henry with three games over 200 yards • SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against No. 4 LSU • Four-time Alabama Offensive Player of the Week (Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU)
SENIOR (2015): A three-year starter at center in his senior season at the Capstone and the Crimson Tide’s signal-calling anchor ... a leading candidate for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top center … semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, which is presented the nation’s top interior lineman, and is a semifinalist for the Campbell Award ... midseason All-American by USA Today … leads a line that has opened holes for 199.3 rushing yards per game and ranks 35th nationally (fifth in the SEC) ... has an average grade of 88.2 percent, including four games above 90 percent … has not surrendered a sack on the season and allowed only four hurries … missed only eight assignments in 671 snaps for a success rate of 98.8 percent … has 10 knockdown blocks on the year ... has committed just one penalty in 671 snaps … blocked for seven 100-yard rushers this season and 23 in his career that spans 31 starts and 41 games ... blocked for three 200-yard rushing games for Derrick Henry in 2015 … earned player of the week accolades from the Tide coaching staff following the Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU games … named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the LSU game. Wisconsin: Graded out at 88 percent as the Crimson Tide rushed for 238 yards and accounted for 502 yards of total offense ... did not surrender a sack or a hurry ... blocked for a career-best 147 yards by Derrick Henry. Middle Tennessee: Had one knockdown block and a team-high grade of 87 percent against the Blue Raiders ... opened holes for the Tide to rush for 220 yards (5.6 per carry) and total 532 yards of offense. Ole Miss: Blocked for 503 yards of total offense while opening holes for 215 rushing, including 127 by Henry ... the line as a whole allowed only one sack in 59 pass attempts ... graded out at 86 percent. ULM: Started and graded out at 84 percent with only one missed assignment ... did not allow a sack and helped the Tide generate 34 points on offense. Georgia: Started and blocked for 379 yards of total offense while opening holes for 189 rushing yards, including a career-high 148 by Henry ... did not allow a sack and earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff after grading out at 92 percent, with two knockdown blocks ... did not have a missed assignment or a penalty. Arkansas: Opened holes for 95 rushing yards by Derrick Henry ... did not allow a sack or miss an assignment in the Tide’s 27-14 win ... graded out at 84 percent for the game. 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 ... graded out at a team-high 90 percent ... had two knockdown blocks ... did not surrender a sack or a quarterback hurry ... 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 ... did not allow a sack and missed just one assignment ... graded out at a team-high 88 percent ... had one knockdown block. LSU: Cleared a path for 210 rushing yards from Derrick Henry and 250 for the team … earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and Alabama Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his efforts … matched a season-high, grading of 92 percent … did not allow a sack or a hurry and was not called for a penalty … spearheaded the game’s final drive that covered the final 9:18 of the game and saw the Crimson Tide cover 78 yards in 13 plays highlighted by nine rushes from Derrick Henry for 71 yards. Mississippi State: Graded out at 90 percent ... had one knockdown block and did not allow a sack ... opened holes for 235 yards rushing as Henry went over 200 yards (204) for the second straight week.
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.