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2012 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - DLs

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 6, 2012


As a primer, check out the position-by-position breakdown of the 2012 BCS Championship.

2012 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Alabama vs. LSU - DLs

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CFN 2012 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches

Alabama: LSU’s line is more active and better at getting into the backfield, but that’s by design. Alabama’s three man defensive front’s job is to gum things up against the run, and no one does it better. Basically, the Tide uses three NFL-caliber tackles with huge, strong bodies used as run stopping 3-techniques .

The front three had to replace the seemingly irreplaceable Marcell Dareus, but it did more than fine using a combination of options working around senior Josh Chapman, a 6-1, 310-pound fireplug of a nose tackle who moved out of the immense shadow of Terrence Cody a few years ago to establish his own legacy inside. Short, strong, and built with a body that can’t be moved around, he made 22 tackles as the one everything worked around.

6-4, 319-pound junior Jesse Williams doesn’t get into the backfield, but he’s a premier run stopper who can be used on the nose if needed. The Australian swallows up everything that comes his way and has the athleticism and toughness needed for a Nick Saban line. On the other side is Damion Square, a 6-5, 285-pound junior who overcame a torn ACL earlier in his career to become one of the team’s best interior pass rushers with 30 stops and seven tackles for loss.

There’s almost no drop-off in production when the second team is in. There’s not as much bulk, but 6-6, 294-pound junior Quinton Dial is a quick end for his size, 6-4, 279-pound sophomore Ed Stinson plays like a huge outside linebacker, and 6-1, 284-pound senior Nick Gentry is an athletic option on the nose.

LSU: It was supposed to be a bit of a rebuilding and reloading year for the defensive front after Drake Nevis and Lazarius “Pep” Livingston were done on the inside. Experience was supposed to be an issue across the board without a sure-thing anchor to work around in the middle. However, the talent was undeniable; it was simply a question of how quickly everything would come together.

6-6, 306-pound sophomore Michael Brockers might have been the best defensive tackle in America, making 47 tackles with two sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss as the run-stuffer in the interior, but he didn’t even earn All-SEC honors. The NFL is noticing, though, and he has limitless upside with his combination of strength and quickness. Meanwhile, Bennie Logan was an unsung star at right tackle making 51 tackles with two sacks and five tackles for loss as a quick, active defender who makes plays simply by being too athletic. True freshman Anthony “Freak” Johnson is the team’s next superstar defensive tackle with 6-3, 294-pound size and strength that goes beyond his age.

While the tackles are the real stars, 6-4, 245-pound sophomore end Sam Montgomery is the one who actually received the honors as a First-Team All-SEC selection making 44 tackles with nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss. A star as a freshman before hurting his knee, he came back roaring with a phenomenal first step and peerless closing speed. With two sacks and six tackles in the first game, his timing was perfect, cementing his all-star status on the biggest stage.

On the other side is the old man of the group, 6-5, 255-pound senior Kendrick Adams. A former JUCO transfer, he’s quick off the ball and is solid, but he’s doesn’t have the talent of the younger ends like sophomore Barkevious Mingo, a terrific playmaker who finished second on the team with eight sacks and a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss. At 6-5 and 240 pounds, he’s built like a power forward, but he’s an elite athlete who’s playing up to the prep hype.

ADVANTAGE: Even. The lines are asked to do completely different things, but they’re each ultra-productive and they’re both dominant against the run. LSU’s line has more quickness on the outside in the 4-3, but Bama’s front three is bigger and stronger. It’s a contrast in styles, but each one is built perfectly for the opposing offensive line. Alabama has the bulk to handle the punishing style of the LSU O line, while the Tiger defensive front has the athleticism and depth to deal with the Tide blocking in waves.

CFN 2012 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches