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2013 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - DLs
Alabama DT Jesse Williams
Alabama DT Jesse Williams
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 7, 2013


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

2013 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Alabama vs. Notre Dame - DLs

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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: It’s the job of the Alabama front three to hold up against the run on the inside and force everything outside into the waiting arms of the athletic linebackers. This group got punched a bit by Georgia, but the run D still finished first in the country.

The Tide has its man back and relatively healthy. There might not be a stronger rock in the middle of any line than Jesse Williams, the 6-4, 320-pound senior who has been a key part of one of the best run defenses in college football history over the last two seasons. He’s the anchor who holds down the nose, and while he’s not a pass rusher and he’s not going to get into the backfield on a regular basis, his job is to stick in the middle of the line and hold up against the run. The Australian started out his career as a JUCO transfer out of Western Arizona CC, but he quickly proved that he could handle the workload up until suffering a knee injury against Georgia. He came back on the field, and now should benefit in a big way from all the time off.

The Tide essentially uses three defensive tackles up front and doesn’t get too much of a pass rush from the ends in the 3-4. Junior Ed Stinson is the Alabama prototype 3-4 end with 6-4, 282-pound size and tremendous athleticism. Like a huge outside linebacker on the line, he’s incredibly quick off the ball and has two years of experience making 29 tackles with three sacks.

On the other side is 6-3, 286-pound senior Damion Square, who made 33 tackles with 3.5 sacks, however, he disappeared at times over the late part of the season with just two tackles over the final three games. All back full after suffering a torn ACL three years ago, he’s extremely quick for his size and as a big, strong playmaker to go along with his tremendous motor.

Notre Dame: The Irish front three takes a back seat to no one. Remember, the star of the show was supposed to be Aaron Lynch, the sensation of 2011 who chose to transfer before the season started. Fortunately, 6-6, 303-pound sophomore Stephon Tuitt picked up the slack, building off a strong freshman season of his own to make 12 sacks with 42 tackles. All but certain to go to Georgia Tech, he flip-flopped back and forth before the Irish won the battle. All the tools are there to become even better over the next few seasons with the potential there to grow into a top draft pick as a 3-4 tackle.

On the other side, Notre Dame had to hope for Kapron Lewis-Moore to be back healthy, and he more than came through with a nice 39 tackle, six sack season. The 6-4, 306-pounder is more of a tackle in the 3-4 than a true end, but he’s able to get behind the line on a regular basis. An active playmaker up front, he’s back to 100% after suffering a knee injury last year, and he proved to be just as athletic as he was before getting hurt.

Clogging things up inside is Louis Nix III, a huge-bodied run stuffer who came up with 45 tackles for the second year in a row with two sacks. As big as he is at 6-3 and 326 pounds, he actually slimmed down a bit and has been even quicker off the ball. The star recruit of 2010 is active, tough and is the rock the rest of the front seven works around.

ADVANTAGE: Even. Williams is the best player on either line, but Tuitt has grown into a monster of a playmaker and Nix and Lewis-Moore are as big and as active as any linemen the Tide has faced all season long. Both front threes should dominate and dictate the action throughout the game.

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