Nick Saban on Prepping the Offensive Line for Road Crowd Noise
The No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to travel to Fayetteville, AR to battle it out with the No. 20 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the Tide's first road match up of the season.
The offensive line has been considered one of the strong parts of Nick Saban's teams, but in recent years, a big issue for the Tide during road games has been offensive line miscues, specifically false starts.
In the Tide's only road game of the year this far against Texas, the offensive line was flagged three times for false starts. Alabama's recent offensive line troubles track back to last year's Florida game. The Tide's offensive linemen were charged with four false starts in a 2-point nail-biting win. Later that year, in Alabama's 41-38 heartbreaker against the Texas A&M Aggies, Alabama jumped early twice.
Alabama's offensive line will need to stay disciplined in order to avoid a upset on Saturday.
Nick Saban had the following to say about prepping the offensive line for road noise.
“All you can do is practice with noise. We’ll do it tomorrow. We did it twice for Texas. This is not the first time we’ve ever had to play on the road with a lot of noise. More experienced players can handle it. Hopefully the preparation tomorrow will help us get through it and be more prepared for it.”
The crowd noise at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will not be any different than at Darrell K. Royal, Kyle Field, and The Swamp, as Arkansas is planning a "Redout" for this Saturday when the Tide go to Fayetteville on Saturday.
The offensive line is one of the most vital position groups in football. It ties into all three component of the game. If your offensive line isn't good, it becomes nearly impossible to move the ball on offense, which leads to poor defensive field position, allowing the opposing offense to score at will.
This upcoming Saturday, the offensive line will be the X-factor against the nation's leading team in total sacks and former Crimson Tide linebacker Drew Sanders.