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I know there is a fair amount of concern in regards to the O-Line next season, with us losing Barrett, Chance and probably DJ as well, but looking at it, I think we will be in pretty good shape. We have quite a bit of quality depth available. I can see the line being a bit shaky initially, but I can also see this group gelling into a very good unit. I am being ever optimistic and have included Laremy Tunsil and Brandon Hill in my three deep. If not them, plug in Golson, or Knevel or Dawson...
Brian Vogler- Pretty impressive late season. Showed good blocking ability and can catch the ball.
Malcolm Faciane- He is doing well and is ready to make a contribution
Josh McNeil- Will benefit from being an EE, and could see the field as a true freshman
Cyrus Kouandjio- I expect to see him have an AA type season in '13.
Brandon Greene- Hearing lots of good things about his progress. Could even vye for the starting RT job.
Caleb Gulledge- Has a year under his belt and should see some PT.
Arie Kouandjio- He has really played well in spot duty. He will likely start here or possibly at RT.
Alphonse Taylor- Would like to see him moved back to NT, but if not, should see significant PT here.
Brandon Hill- assuming he resigns with Bama, which I think he will, being an early enrollee will help him a great deal
Ryan Kelly- It has been said by Coach Saban that he was our 6th best lineman. Speaks volumes about this young man.
Chad Lindsey- The ever reliable back up will do his part.
Anthony Steen- There has been talk of him moving to the left side. I hope not. His experience will be needed to stabilize the right side.
Isaac Luatua- Could also see time at center if needed.
Grant Hill- Our new Barrett Jones. Very high cieling. Can probably play anywhere on the line.
Leon Brown- Hopefully he will be as good as James Carpenter was coming in.
Laremy Tunsil- He will see the field enough to fully prepare him for a starting role in '14, possibly at LT if Cyrus leaves early for the NFL.
Austin Shepherd- Very reliable back up that can play all over the line.
Bradley Bozeman- I think he redshirts for sure, but has a high ceiling and could play tackle or guard.
Kellen Williams- saw a tweet from him today. He is graduating. I don't think he will be back based on his tweet (his hashtags were #screwschool and #imgraduatingbitch)
id put tunsil behind shep...id say tunsil redshirts if we get him
and i think maybe you meant kellen williams ahead of gulledge and possible greene
overall pretty good IMO
Sure when ever you loose 3 1st Round O-Linemen there is going to be some concerns. But our Defense should be sick again next year and most of the big games with the exception of Texas A & M will be at home.
assuming tunsil is as good as advertised, he will not redshirt. he will need playing time to take over for cryus who will be leaving the next year.
Thanks for the analysis.
Just wondering what your thoughts were on OJ?
I would have thought he could crack the 3-deep if we needed him.
There will definitely be a new look next year but for right now I can't think of anything other than the current line and their opportunity To accomplish what's in front of them right now (a 3rd NC). It's just all I can think about is Notre Dame right now. But I would be lying if I did not think about next years unit and how different it will look. RTR
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they rarely are
actually, when it comes to top 10 lineman, they almost always do pan out. since 2006, there have been 10 consensus top 10 lineman, only one didn't pan out and that was because of knee problems.
not saying they dont pan out...im saying they arent ready to jump in and start immediately. cyrus probably could have, but didnt win out his position, and he was a better prospect than tunsil is at this point
I never said tunsil would start, I said he wouldn't redshirt.
I say he does. I'll settle with a verbal for now though
I think there are too many variables right now to make that assumption. So I'm not saying you are wrong just that I don't think even the coaching staff knows at this point. If Brown is as advertised and if Brandon Hill commits and enrolls early then I think Tunsil probably does RS. Brandon Greene is looking really good so if that's the case then at best Tunsil is third on depth chart at both LT and RT. No reason not to RS him IMO.
However, if Brown isn't what we thought and Hill doesn't enroll in that opens things up a bit at RT IMO. Therefore, Tunsil may not RS.
Not sure what to think on brown. The scouts love his ability but say he's extremely raw. Big wild card
Brown has all of the tools to really challenge for a starting role next year. He has great athleticism for his size and his time in the weight room this spring/summer should really bring him to the next level considering he has never been in a regimented strength and conditioning program.
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would definitely love to sign Tunsil and Brandon Hill. Would be great news for our OL
I didn't forget Williams. As noted in the op towards the bottom, it appears that he is graduating and will not return.
I see OJ as being in the rotation at the H-back slot. Didn't include it as part of the O Line because I think of it as part of the backfield.
IMO, he will be on the field a lot in 2013, either as an H, a TE or a receiver.
Too bad Tyler Love didn't live up to his potential. Not sure where he was overall, but most had him rated as a 5 star, and some as the top OT.
Something to consider at the guard spots is where you want everyone end up eventually, especially Alphonse Taylor. Arie Kounadjio could probably play either guard spot and not have a problem, but coaches had Taylor as a reserve at right guard for a reason. Remember, when Herman Johnson was at LSU he was at left guard and I'm guessing that the coaches sort of envision using him the same way.
So assuming that Arie is the next guy to step in, and we agree that he appears to be the frontrunner, do you move him to left guard or Steen?
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I hadn't seen that at the time if posting
tyler was ranked #30 in his class, barely a 5*.
I'll take as stab at it
TE: Vogler, Faciane, Frietag
HB: Callaway/OJ, H. Jones
LT: Cyrus, Greene
LG: Arie, Taylor
C: Kelly, Luatua
RG: Steen, Lindsay
RT: Brown, Tunsil, Hill
Note: I believe that Tunsil (assuming we get him) will eventually play LT Hill and Brandon Green fighting it out for the RT spot in the future.
This post was edited by spenceco 16 months ago
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