2013 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - OLs
Alabama OG Chance Warmack
Alabama OG Chance Warmack
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Posted Jan 6, 2013


As a primer, check out the position-by-position breakdown of the 2013 BCS Championship.

2013 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Alabama vs. Notre Dame - OLs

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CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches

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Alabama: The Tide line has grown into one of the team’s biggest strengths over the years, and while pass protection has been a slight problem for a group this talented – giving up 23 sacks on the year – when it gets everything working, it’s over.

Against Georgia, the offense needed to take control, and it did with the front five blasting away on the NFL-caliber defensive front. When it was time to play grown man football against Sheldon Richardson and Missouri, the line paved the way for 362 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Against the Irish - the most physical defensive line the Tide will play all year, LSU and Georgia included – the line has to rise up and blast away.

The key to the line, and maybe the offseason, was when Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones decided to return for his senior season. The 6-5, 302-pound left tackle was the best blocker in America, but there was enough talent up front to allow him to move inside to center where he turned in another all-star season.

There’s a reason Jones was able to move over to center; Cyrus Kouandjio will eventually be even better. The 6-6, 311-pound sophomore is actually better than the guy named the best lineman in college football. The superstar recruit of last year famously chose Auburn, looked like someone told him Christmas was being cancelled when he made his announcement, and then changed his decision to Alabama to join his brother, Arie. Considered the nation’s best offensive tackle prospect and among the top overall recruits when he signed on, he has NFL size and great athleticism.

Starting on the other side is veteran D.J. Fluker, a 6-6, 335-pound blaster of a run blocker with NFL upside. He’s a massive-bodied veteran whose future at the next level is at guard – he’ll be better in the interior but will get a shot at right tackle. Meanwhile, the Tide has a killer on the inside at right guard in 6-3, 303-pound junior Anthony Steen, who doesn’t have the talent of the other four starters but makes up for it with ridiculous raw strength. When needed most on key running plays, he destroyed Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins in the SEC championship.

At 6-3 and 320 pound senior Chance Warmack is a big blocker who has turned into one of the mainstays of the O line for the last three seasons. While he was a good recruit, he wasn’t the typical elite of the elite pickup like Alabama usually gets, but now he has worked his way into a terrific pro prospect with a sensational future with freakish strength and a great motor.

Notre Dame: Shhhhh. The Alabama offensive line is getting all the attention and publicity in Miami, but the Notre Dame O line was every bit as effective. It might not have a slew of next-level starters like the Tide front five, but Notre Dame’s line was decent enough to crank out a little bit of production against the elite run defenses of Stanford, Michigan State and BYU, while doing a solid job of keeping the quarterbacks upright allowing just 16 sacks on the year.

Coming into the year, the line had three returning starters led by the quarterback up front, Braxston Cave, a 6-3, 304-pound senior who has been one of the team’s offensive rocks over the last few years before getting knocked out late last season with a foot problem. Steady and physical, he has grown into the role in the middle, while 6-3, 295-pound senior Mike Golic Jr. has been able to step in when needed over the course of his career either in the middle or at right guard. While he’s not a great athlete, he’s smart, experienced and good enough to hold his own.

Cave might be the leader of the line, but 6-4, 304-pound senior left tackle g>Zack Martin is the star. With 38 straight games of starting experience, he’s a strong all-around blocker who had a great year as a pass protector and should get more recognition by the NFL types over the next year – he has already said he’s coming back for a fifth season. He bulked up a bit over the last few years and has only gotten better keeping his athleticism to go along with his toughness. Great against the speed rushers, against Alabama, he’ll get to plow away.

Working on the other side is junior Christian Lombard was a backup and special teamer last year but took over the right tackle job and hasn’t looked back. At 6-5 and 309 pounds he’s big and talented, earning high school All-America honors and named the 2009 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year honors. He works next to Golic, while 6-3, 310-senior Chris Watt is a mainstay at left guard. A good, sound veteran with the versatility to play any spot up front, including center, he got over a foot injury to be solid in pass protection and has turned into one of the key players the running game works behind.

ADVANTAGE: Alabama. However, the Notre Dame line could be every bit as effective as the game goes on. The Tide has more talent up front and has the potential to do more to blast away. The Notre Dame offensive line isn’t going to rise up and take over the game like Bama’s front five might, but it should be stronger at protecting the quarterback against the mediocre Tide pass rush. .

CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches