SEC Network Analyst Calls Tide Line Nation’s Best
Former Auburn offensive lineman and current ESPN and SEC Network Analyst ranked his top offensive line units heading into the 2020 season. Cole Cubelic ranks the Crimson Tide's five man unit the best line in the nation entering the upcoming football season. Alabama returns redshirt seniors Deonte Brown and Landon Dickerson, senior Alex Leatherwood and sophomores Evan Neal and Darrian Dalcourt as projected starters on the offensive line.
The Tide also boast returning experience from redshirt senior Chris Owens and redshirt sophomore Emil Ekiyor Jr. as well as highly thought of sophomore Pierce Quick.
The Crimson Tide rushed for 2,191 yards last season, good enough for 56th in the nation however the team averaged 5.03 yards per rush good for a Top-20 output. Alabama gave up 12 sacks last season good enough for third fewest in the nation.
Alabama lost Jedrick Wills to the NFL Draft but returns the majority of its offensive line production.
A strong offensive line bodes well for whichever quarterback ends up under center for Alabama, be it Mac Jones or Bryce Young.
The unit also will pave the way for one of the best running back rooms in the entire nation. Walter Camp Preseason Second Team All-American Najee Harris, Brian Robinson, Trey Sanders, Keilan Robinson, Roydell Williams and Jase McClellan.
Harris needs 1,215 yards to become the leading rusher in Crimson Tide history. A strong offensive line could pave his way into the Alabama record books and put the Tide back into the College Football Playoff.