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TRips: Kouandjio, Jones and Fluker

Kouandjio represents lone new starter on offensive line.

Breaking down the 2012 Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Up next, offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio, Barrett Jones and D.J. Fluker.

71 OT Cyrus Kouandjio (So.)
2011 season: Played in first eight games of the season before going down with season-ending knee injury against Tennessee. SEC All-Freshman team selection by league coaches. Commitment to Academic Excellence Award recipient at end of season banquet.
2012 spring practice: With the move of Barrett Jones move to center, Kouandjio stepped in at left tackle. Showed no ill-effects from knee surgery just six months earlier.
What he brings to the table: Prototype left tackle length and athleticism. Equipped to deal with SEC edge rushers. With UA experienced and stout at the interior line positions, opponents will look to take advantage of Kouandjio by dialing up games on the outside.

75 C Barrett Jones (rSr.)
2011 season: Started 11 games at left tackle. Consensus first-team all-america choice. Outland Trophy recipient, which annually goes to college football's top lineman. Winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, awarded to the SEC's top offensive lineman.
2012 spring practice: With three-year starter William Vlachos out of eligibility, Jones stepped in at center. Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award recipient.
What he brings to the table: The fifth-year senior has 36 career starts to his credit. Assuming he starts at center, Jones could become the first UA position player to make 10 or more starts at three different positions. Mastering the center position represents largest challenge of Jones' stellar career, more so than even left tackle. In addition to handling his new position, likely replacement at left tackle and perhaps guard if injuries occur.

76 OT D.J. Fluker (rJr.)
2011 season: Started all 13 games at right tackle. Received Up Front and Commitment to Academic Excellence Awards at annual team banquet.
2012 spring practice: Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" Award recipient.
What he brings to the table: Teams with Anthony Steen to provide two lanes of Alabama's four-lane, downhill running game. Mix in a pulling Chance Warmack and the road gets even wider. Impressive work ethic has had more to do with Fluker's success than talent. Three years ago, he struggled to keep pace on the practice field. Having lost approximately 60 pounds since arriving at UA, he's now being mentioned as a potential first-round draft pick.

Up next: 77 OL Arie Kouandjio; 78 OG Chad Lindsay; 79 OT Austin Shepherd.

Also see:
1 Hart, 2 White and 2 Patrick
3 Sunseri, 4 Yeldon and 5 Black
6 Clinton-Dix, 6 Sims and 7 Anderson
7 Bell, 8 Pagan and 9 Dixon
10 McCarron, 10 Fulton and 12 Ely
13 Belue, 16 Sylve and 19 Atchison
20 Ja. Williams, 21 Calloway and 22 C. Jones
23 Washington, 25 Lee and 27 Perry
28 Milliner, 29 Mandell and 31 K. Johnson
32 Mosley, 33 DePriest and 35 N. Johnson
37 Lester, 42 Lacy and 42 Hubbard
43 Foster, 44 Fanning and 45 Fowler
47 Dickson, 49 Stinson and 50 Taylor
51 Tinker, 51 Love and 53 Orr
54 Williams, 56 Ming and 57 Pettway
61 Steen, 62 Ivory and 63 Williams
65 Warmack, 68 Luatua and 70 Kelly

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