Alabama in the midst of on site preparations for LSU
Alabama heads to New Orleans for a rematch with LSU
More than 20 graduates will suit up for Alabama's game against LSU in the BCS National Football Championship Game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans
The Crimson Tide's six selections were the most of any program
Alabama leads the league in representatives on the 2011 squad
Veteran leader of the Tide's Offensive Line
2011 (SENIOR): William Vlachos is in his third year as Alabama's starting center ... a veteran that provides excellent leadership and has a masterful knowledge of the Crimson Tide offense, making all of the offensive line identifications and calls ... a finalist for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's top center ... second-team All-American by Walter Camp ... second-team midseason All-American by SI.com and Phil Steele ... has started all 12 games this season and 39 straight contests ... helps Alabama rank 15th nationally running the football with an average of 219.8 yards per game while ranking 16th nationally in scoring offense with 36.0 points per game and 30th in total offense (433.4 ypg) ... ranks 28th nationally in sacks allowed at 1.25 per game ... the Tide has scored 33 rushing touchdowns to rank tied for seventh nationally ... Vlachos has blocked for 27 100-yard rushers in his career, including 11 this season ... missed only eight assignments in 733 plays this season ... 100 percent of assignments in six games ... two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (Florida and Auburn). Kent State: Helped clear the way for 183 yards rushing, including 134 rushing and receiving yards from Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson's three rushing touchdowns. Penn State: Blocked for 196 rushing yards while not allowing a sack to the talented Nittany Lion front seven ... graded out a team-best 91 percent ... helped Richardson account for 111 yards and two touchdowns ... earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff. North Texas: Opened holes for a season-high 347 rushing yards including 100-yard games from Trent Richardson(167) and Eddie Lacy (161) ... Richardson found the end zone three times while Lacy scored twice ... at quarterback, AJ McCarron had time to complete 71.4 percent of his passes. Arkansas: Led the way for Richardson to record his third straight 100-yard rushing game with 126 yards while the team pounded out 197 rushing yards ... provided time for McCarron to complete 75 percent of his passes (15-of-20). Florida: Was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and a the UA coaches Offensive Player of the Week ... graded out at at team-best 91 percent with a season-best six pancake blocks ... cleared a path for 226 rushing yards in the 38-10 win over the Gators as Richardson went for a career-best 181 yards and two touchdowns ... also protected McCarron's blideside as the Tide did not surrender a sack. Vanderbilt: Opened holes for Richardson's fifth 100-yard rushing game and 419 yards of total offense ... provided time for McCarron to throw four touchdowns. Mississippi: Graded out at a team-best 91 percent ... helped open holes for two 100-yard rushers -- Richardson (183 yards and four touchdowns) and Jalston Folwer (124 yards and two touchdowns) ... blocked for 389 rushing yards while providing time for 226 yards through the air for a season-best 615 yards of total offense ... did not allow a sack. Tennessee: Opened holes for 143 yards on the ground while providing time for 437 yards of total offense in a 37-6 win ... did not allow a sack as the Tide threw for 294 yards through the air, including a career-best 284 yards by AJ McCarron. LSU: Helped Alabama account for 295 yards of offense against one of the nation's best defenses, including 169 yards from scrimmage for Richardson. Mississippi State: Graded out at 90 percent with two pancake blocks ... turned in an outstanding game on the offensive front as the Tide was missing All-American Barrett Jones ... helped block for 223 rushing yards, including 127 from Richardson and 96 from Lacy ... did not allow a sack. Georgia Southern: Graded out above 90 percent for the sixth time this season ... helped the Tide amass 272 yards rushing while Richardson went 175 yards and two scores ... did not allow a sack. Auburn: Was selected as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Iron Bowl win ... graded out at a season-high 97 percent to lead the team ... helped Richardson acocunt for a career-best 203 yards and a receiving touchdown ... also named Alabama Offensive Player of the Week.
2010 (JUNIOR): Vlachos started all 13 games of the 2010 season ... a member of the Rimington Trophy Watch List ... second-team All-SEC choice by league coaches ... helped the Crimson Tide rank 22nd nationally in total offense, racking up 444.08 yards per game ... the Tide also ranked 29th nationally running the ball at 182.92 yards per game and 27th passing at 261.16 ypg ... anchor of an offensive line that provided time for the nation's No. 4 quarterback in passing efficiency ... blocked for five 100-yard rushers in 2010 and 16 during his UA career. San Jose State: Helped pave the way for the Crimson Tide to rush for 257 total yards. Penn State: Cleared a path for Trent Richardson to rush for a career-best 144 yards as the Tide totaled 180 yards on the ground. Duke: Started and helped UA to a fast start scoring 28 first quarter points and 45 first half points ... blocked for 626 yards of total offense, including 315 on the ground. Arkansas: Helped the Crimson Tide mount a second half comeback in Fayetteville behind a rushing attack led by 157 yards from Mark Ingram and 227 total on the ground ... helped Greg McElroy complete 69 percent of his passes and complete all four of his passes on third down in the second half for 44 yards and four first downs. Florida: Cleared a path for 170 rushing yards and two Ingram touchdowns while McElroy completed 64.7 percent of his passes with no picks. South Carolina: Earned his sixth straight start of the season at center for the Crimson Tide as UA passed for a season-high 315 yards. Mississippi: Helped the Crimson Tide total 319 yards of total offense in a methodical 23-10 win over the Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tennessee: Earned his eighth straight start at the left guard position ... helped provide the time for the Tide to throw for 326 yards ... helped provide the blocks for Alabama to rush for 210 yards, including 119 by Richardson and 88 by Ingram. LSU: Helped pave the way for Mark Ingram to rush for 97 yards ... provided time for McElroy to throw for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State: Cleared a path for 452 yards of total offense, including 175 on the ground and 277 in the air ... did not allow a sack or a pressure. Georgia State: Played most of the first half and the first series of the second half in a 63-7 win over the Panthers ... helped block for 478 total yards, including 262 on the ground. Auburn: Earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff for his blocking efforts along the offensive line ... helped the Tide account for 446 yards of total offense, including a career-high 377 yards through the air by McElroy. Michigan State: Helped the Crimson Tide roll up 275 yards rushing -- second-highest total this year -- and 546 yards of total offense in a 49-7 victory over the No. 7 Spartans in the Capital One Bowl ... cleared a path for six rushing touchdowns.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): He was one of three new starters on the offensive line ... developed into one of the best centers in the SEC ... helped the Tide compile 403.0 yards of total offense per game, which ranked 42nd nationally and 215.07 yards on the ground - 12th in the nation ... running back Mark Ingram was the beneficiary of the lines solid play, ranking 11th nationally in rushing at 118.43 ypg ... helped the Tide achieve impressive balance with 215.07 yards per game on the ground and 187.93 per game in the air ... helped clear the way for 11 100-yard rushers ... provided time for quarterback Greg McElroy to post a 140.55 passing efficiency rating that ranked 28th nationally ... left tackle on an offensive line that allowed just 1.43 sack per game to rank 36th nationally and fourth in the SEC as a unit ... the Tide offensive line also went the final 38 quarters of the 2009 season with having a holding penalty enforced. Virginia Tech: Helped the Tide put up a total of 498 yards, including 268 on the ground against the No. 7 Hokies ... provided the blocks that aided Mark Ingram to being named the SEC Offensive Player of the week. Florida International: Helped Alabama amass 516 total yards of offense, including 275 on the ground ... provided the holes that led to 6.5 yards per carry ... helped newcomer Trent Richardson rush for 118 yards en route to being named the SEC Freshman of the Week. North Texas: For the third straight week Vlachos helped the Tide amass at least 498 total yards (523) and 250 yards on the ground (260) ... provided the holes that enabled the Tide to average 5.8 yards per carry and have three rushers tally over 75 yards apiece. Arkansas: Vlachos helped Alabama once again total over 400 yards (425) of total offense ... helped newcomer Trent Richardson earn his second SEC Freshman of the Week accolade ... provided the time for Greg McElroy to throw for 291 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Kentucky: Blocked for another 100 yard rusher as Mark Ingram tallied 140 yards and a 6.4 yards per carry average ... helped the team rush for over 200 yards (204) ... was named the offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff. Mississippi: Opened holes for Mark Ingram's 172-yard rushing effort, the fourth 100-yard effort by a UA player this season ... helped the Tide rush for 200 yards, average 4.9 yards per carry and produce 354 yards of total offense. South Carolina: Helped pave the way for Mark Ingram to rush for a career-best and Bryant-Denny Stadium record 246 yards ... led the way for the team to rush for 264 yards ... helped open the holes for the Tide to average 6.9 yards per carry. Tennessee: Provided time for Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy stay off his back as the offensive line did not allow a sack ... provided the holes for Mark Ingram to rush for 99 yards and average 5.5 yards per carry. LSU: Helped provide the holes and time for Alabama to compile 452 total yards of offense ... paved the way for Mark Ingram to scamper for 144 and average 6.5 yards per carry ... kept Greg McElroy upright to throw for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State: Cleared the way for Mark Ingram to once again rush for over 100 yards (149) ... provided the holes for the Tide to amass 252 yards on the ground ... was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack and helped enable quarterback Greg McElroy to toss two touchdowns and complete 72 percent of his passes. Chattanooga: Played only the first half as the Crimson Tide routed the Mocs 45-0 ... did not allow any sacks ... helped clear a path for a season-high 313 rushing yards and Ingram seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season ... provided time for the quarterbacks to completed 62.5 percent of their passes. Auburn: Helped Alabama engineer a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that proved to be the difference in the game as the Tide went 79 yards in 15 plays and ate up 7:03 on the clock. Florida: Provided the holes and the time for Alabama to amass 490 total yards against the No. 1 nationally ranked defense ... paved the way for Mark Ingram to rush for 113 yards and three touchdowns and as a unit rush for 251 yards ... kept quarterback Greg McElroy upright to post a passer effeciency of 196.53 en route to earning MVP honors. Texas: Helped the Crimson Tide rush for 205 net yards, which was the most allowed by the Longhorns all season ... blocked for two 100-yard rushers as Mark Ingram went for 116 yards and Trent Richardson 109 ... it was the first time Alabama had two 100-yard rushers since the 2004 season opener -- a span of 77 games.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Vlachos was a valuable asset as a reserve offensive lineman in 2008 ... saw action in seven games, including Tulane, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Kentucky and the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Utah.
2007 (FRESHMAN): He appeared in the season-opening win over Western Carolina on Sept. 1 ... redshirted his freshman year.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Valchos was a prep star at Mountain Brook High School ... Alabama Class 6A All-State selection and a Super All-State team member by The Birmingham News ... also named All-Metro by The Birmingham News ... rated as the No. 9 center nationally by Rivals.com ... was ranked 19th nationally at the center position by Scout.com ... earned the No. 16 ranking in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com ... rated No. 15 by The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register Elite 18 players in Alabama as a senior ... first-team All-Over-the-Mountain selection ... named most valuable lineman at Mountain Brook High School ... selected to play in the 2006 Alabama North-South All-Star game, playing every snap in the contest ... high school coach was Joey Jones.