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Top 3 OGs of the Saban era at UA

When reviewing the amazing run Alabama football has been on since 2008, outsiders tend to point to players like Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, Julio Jones and AJ McCarron as the biggest difference makers on the offensive side of the ball for the Crimson Tide.

After taking over at left guard in 2010, Chance Warmack proceded to make 40 straight starts at the spot for Alabama.

Considering that running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks are evaluated largely on statistical output, it makes sense. But how much of that production is directly attributable to the play of the guys up front? Given the emphasis UA places on the running game, the obvious answer is a lot.

And it goes beyond stats. At his introductory press conference in January 2007, head coach Nick Saban outlined his plan for the program. Physical dominance ranked right at the top of the list.

Since 2008, owning the line of scrimmage is something Alabama has done like no other program in college football. With that in mind, measuring the production of Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones, Mike Johnson and Anthony Steen is as simple as looking at the numbers of the aforementioned skill players -- and the win column.

1.] Chance Warmack (2009-2012)
Why he's here: Acquired star status while leading the way for Alabama running backs on the Crimson Tide's Power O play. Made 40 consecutive starts at guard, the most by a player at his position in the Saban era.
Claim to fame: Unanimous first-team All-America selection as a senior in 2012.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: Tide OL paves way for Lacy's big day.
Next level: Projects as a first-round pick for the 2013 NFL Draft by nfldraftscout.com.

2.] Barrett Jones (2008-2012)
Why he's here: The top overall offensive lineman of the Saban era to date, Jones made 25 starts at right guard as a redshirt freshman and sophomore. First-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2010.
Claim to fame: Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) winner as a left tackle in 2011 and Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) winner in 2012. First-team All-SEC at three different positions at UA.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: Lacy finds plenty of daylight against Irish D
Next level: Projects as a third-round pick for the 2013 NFL Draft by nfldraftscout.com.

3.] Mike Johnson (2006-2009)
Why he's here: Teamed with Jones in 2009 to form a guard tandem that helped Mark Ingram run his way to the Heisman Trophy. A starter at four of the five line spots during his time at UA, Johnson finished his career by making 41 consecutive starts, with 29 of those coming at guard.
Claim to fame: Permanent captain for 2009 national championship team.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: Richardson rips through Longhorns
Next level: Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (No. 98 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, Johnson has appeared in 18 games, making one start.

Next three: Anthony Steen (2009-present); Marlon Davis (2005-2008); Alfred McCullough (2007-2011)/Justin Britt (2004-2007).

Also see:
Top three QBs of the Saban era
Top three DEs of the Saban era
Top three ILBs of the Saban era
Top three safeties of the Saban era
Top three nose guards of the Saban era
Top three tight ends of the Saban era
Top three offensive tackles of the Saban era
Top three wide receivers of the Saban era
Top three running backs of the Saban era
Top three cornerbacks of the Saban era

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