Line depth

Alabama isn’t as deep on the offensive line as we want, so what should Tide fans expect today?

Andre Smith is likely to return, according to reports. However, at least one sports writer believes Alabama will look to younger line players to create depth. According to Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News: “Saban learned a big lesson from the Tulane game — he doesn’t have the kind of depth he’d like on the offensive line. Don’t be surprised to see the Tide using several young linemen today to gain experience.”

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Saban was also quoted by Media General News Service saying he wanted to play more players at tackle.

Saban said he would like to be able to play a number of players on the offensive line to evaluate their progress.

“I don’t think we’ve got enough guys at tackle that we can get through the season if we lose somebody,” he said.

Will any of this happen? Who knows. It has become almost impossible to anticipate what will happen and which personnel groupings end up on the field due to a host of factors ranging from performance to game situations.