One of the senior leaders on the Crimson Tide offensive line ... unanimous first team All-American and first team All-SEC selection ... first-team All-America selection by the AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated ... a veteran of 39 career starts, all at left guard ... was on the watch list for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and a quarterfinalist for the Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) ... has missed only seven assignments in 728 snaps this season (99.0 percent) while allowed only 3.5 sacks in 287 pass attempts ... leads the team with 37 pancake blocks ... graded out at 90 percent or better in seven games, with a season average of 89.4 ... two-time SEC offensive lineman of the week (Arkansas & Mississippi State) and three-time Alabama offensive player of the week ... has blocked for eight 100-yard rushing performances this season and 23 in his career ... helped open holes for 224.6 yards of rushing offense per game this season (20th nationally) while blocking as part of for 439.1 yards per game of total offense.
Michigan: Opened holes to help amass 232 yards on the ground and 431 of total offense ... T.J. Yeldon became the first Alabama freshman to rush for over 100 yards (111 yards) in his debut game. Western Kentucky: Blocked for 328 yards of total offense, in 35-0 shutout. Arkansas: Named the SEC offensive lineman of the week after helping provide the holes and time for 438 yards of total offense (225 rushing) ... graded out at 91 percent, with no missed assignments ... part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack. Florida Atlantic: The Crimson Tide turned in another impressive show of balance in the 40-7 win over the Owls, rushing for 256 yards and passing for 247 ... blocked for Eddie Lacy's 106-yard rushing day on only 15 first-half carries. Mississippi: Helped block for 305 yards of total offense and provided the time for AJ McCarron to complete 73 percent of his passes and two scores. Missouri: Cleared a path as part pf Alabama rushing for a season-high 362 yards and six touchdowns (533 yards of total offense) ... both Lacy (177 yards; TDs) and Yeldon (144; 2 TDs) set career highs in rushing in the 42-10 win. Tennessee: Led an offensive line that blocked for the Tide's second straight game of more than 500 yards ... helped open holes for 233 yards rushing while protecting for 306 yards passing ... Yeldon went for his third 100-yard rushing game (129 yards) as Alabama running backs averaged 6.2 yards per carry.
Mississippi State: SEC offensive lineman of the week for his performance against the Bulldogs ... graded out at 91 percent, with no missed assignments ... blocked as part of 414 yards of total offense, including 179 net yards on the ground ... helped open holes for Yeldon, who averaged 8.4 yards per carry and scored his seventh touchdown of the year. LSU: Member of line that kept a bruised McCarron upright in 21-17 come-from-behind victory at No. 5 LSU ... provided plenty of time to pass on the game-winning drive that covered 72 yards (all in the air) in only 43 seconds, capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass to Yeldon ... blocked for Lacy's 165-yards rushing day (TD; 7.5 yards per rush) while Yeldon averaged 6.9. Texas A&M: Provided time to help McCarron throw for 309 yards and a touchdown ... opened holes for Lacy's 92-yard game ( 16 carries; 5.8 yards per rush) ... had a team-best four pancake blocks ... posted a grade of 88 percent.
Western Carolina: It was a short but successful day for the starting offensive linemen, exiting the game late in the second quarter with a 35-0 lead ... graded out at 95 percent with no missed assignments, penalties or sacks allowed ... helped block on four rushing touchdowns (three by Lacy) and 300 rushing yards. Auburn: Graded out at 94 percent in 49-0 Iron Bowl win ... did not allow a sack as the Tide rolled up 483 yards of total offense and scored 49 points ... needed to play only one series in the third quarter ... had two pancake blocks ... blocked for Lacy's 131-yard, two-touchdown performance. Georgia: Opened holes for an SEC Championship Game record 350 rushing yards ... helped both Lacy (181 yards) and Yeldon (153) rush for career highs ... blocked for 512 yards of offense.
Kent State: Helped clear the way for 183 yards rushing, including 134 rushing and receiving yards from Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson's three rushing touchdowns.
Penn State: Blocked for 196 rushing yards while not allowing a sack to the talented Nittany Lion front seven ... helped Richardson account for 111 yards and two touchdowns. North Texas: Opened holes for a season-high 347 rushing yards including 100-yard games from Trent Richardson(167) and Eddie Lacy (161) ... Richardson found the end zone three times while Lacy scored twice ... at quarterback, AJ McCarron had time to complete 71.4 percent of his passes.
Arkansas: Once again provided the blocks for a 100 yard rusher (Richardson, 126) ... also provided the time for AJ McCarron to throw for an efficient 15-of-20 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Florida: Was named one of the Offensive Player's of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... cleared a path for 226 rushing yards in the 38-10 win over the Gators as Richardson went for a career-best 181 yards and two touchdowns ... also helped the Tide not surrender a sack.
Vanderbilt: Opened holes for Richardson's fifth 100-yard rushing game and 419 yards of total offense ... provided time for McCarron to throw four touchdowns. Mississippi: Was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... helped pave the way for Alabama to amass 389 yards on the ground ... provided the holes for two 100-yard rushers in Trent Richardson (183 yards) and Jalston Fowler (125 yards).
Tennessee: Opened holes for 143 yards on the ground while providing time for 437 yards of total offense in the win over the Volunteers ... did not allow a sack as the Tide threw for 294 yards through the air, including a career-best 284 yards by AJ McCarron. LSU: Helped Alabama account for 295 yards of offense against one of the nation's best defenses, including 169 yards from scrimmage for Richardson.
Mississippi State: Was named one of the Alabama Offensive Players of the Week after his performance vs. the Bulldogs ... cleared a path of Richardson 127 yards and Lacy's 96 yards. Georgia Southern: Graded out well ... helped the Tide amass 272 yards rushing while Richardson went for 175 yards and two scores ... did not allow a sack. Auburn: Had three pancake blocks and helped open holes for 203 rushing yards for Richardson ... did not miss an assignment in the Tide's 42-14 win in the Iron Bowl.
San Jose State: In his first career start he helped provide the holes for the Tide to rush for a total of 272 yards, including 113 by Eddie Lacy ... helped provide the time for quarterback Greg McElroy to complete 13-of-16 passes. Penn State: Helped make the blocks for Trent Richardson to become the first rusher to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Nittany Lions in 17 straight games as he accounted for 147 of the 180 total rushing yards.
Duke: Was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the coaching staff ... in his third start he helped Alabama amass 315 yards on the ground ... provided the holes for Mark Ingram to scamper for 151 yards ... provided the time for McElroy to throw for three touchdowns. Arkansas: Helped provide the holes for the Tide to rush for 227 yards, including 157 by Mark Ingram.
Florida: Was named the SEC Lineman of the Week by the conference office ... helped pave the way for the Tide to rush for 170 yards and did not give up a sack. South Carolina: Earned his sixth straight start at guard for the Crimson Tide. Mississippi: Earned his seventh straight start at guard and provided the time for quarterback McElroy to throw for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee: Earned his eighth straight start at the left guard position ... helped provide the time for the Tide to throw for 326 yards ... helped provide the blocks for Alabama to rush for 210 yards, including 119 by Richardson. LSU: Helped pave the way for Ingram to rush for 97 yards ... provided time for McElroy to throw for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Mississippi State: Was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... helped provide the time for the Tide to throw for 277 yards and two touchdowns and amass 175 yards on the ground. Georgia State: Helped pave the way for the Tide to rush for 262 yards and amass 478 total yards of offense ... was part of an offensive line unit that did not allow a sack. Auburn: Helped provide the time for the Alabama offense to amass 446 yards of total offense, including 377 yards passing from quarterback McElroy. Michigan State: Helped the Crimson Tide roll up 275 yards rushing -- second-highest total in 2010 -- and 546 yards of total offense in a 49-7 victory over the Spartans in the Capital One Bowl ... cleared a path for six rushing touchdowns.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection ... rated as the No. 45 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep magazine ... an All-American in Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... averaged seven pancake blocks per game as a senior in 2008 ... coached by Greg Minnis ... chose Alabama over Arkansas, Rutgers, Auburn and South Carolina.