Alphonse Taylor Leads Way In Right Guard Competition vs. Wisconsin
No position battle was bigger than quarterback this offseason for Alabama, but right guard may have been next in line.
Junior Alphonse Taylor started and held down the position for the majority of the Crimson Tide's 35-17 season-opening win against Wisconsin on Saturday.
On the team’s released depth chart this past Monday, as well as the one handed out to the media prior to the game, Taylor was listed as a co-starter at the position with sophomore Bradley Bozeman. Taylor, though, has appeared to be the leader in the competition, receiving the majority of first-team reps during team practices in recent weeks.
Bozeman entered the game for the first time on Alabama’s 10th series of the game, which began at the 10:02 mark in the fourth quarter, when the four other offensive line starters were still in the game. Last season, the Roanoke, Alabama native started two games – Arkansas and Texas A&M – at center in place of an injured Ryan Kelly.
Overall, Taylor played 10 offensive series, while Bozeman played in the final three.
Left guard Ross Pierschbacher and right tackle Dominick Jackson were the other offensive line starters for Alabama. Left tackle Cam Robinson and center Ryan Kelly both started last year.
On the team’s 11th series of the game with 4:35 to go, three new offensive linemen backups entered the game, though none, according to depth charts, are still in the midst of a position battle. Freshman Dallas Warmack took over at left guard, J.C. Hassenauer filled the role at center and Brandon Greene came in at right tackle.
Bozeman remained in the game at right guard from the previous series, while Pierschbacher stayed in the game but moved over to left tackle.
The Crimson Tide allowed three sacks in the game.