Alabama’s shuffling line

Alabama’s offensive line allowed four sacks against Tulane. As fans look for an explanation, here’s a very useful note from UA’s media relations staff.

CHANGING FRONTS: The Alabama offensive line has struggled to stay intact over the past two seasons. For various reasons, the Crimson Tide has started eight different combinations along the offensive front over the last 15 games. Alabama started six different combinations during the 2007 season and has had a different offensive line in both games of the 2008 season. Last week Andre Smith missed his first career start at left tackle. Mike Johnson moved over to left tackle in place of Smith and David Ross made his first career start at left guard for Johnson.

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