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Alabama's offensive line remains in 'Flux' while trying to find the 'Chemistry'...

on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Crimson Tide Spring Football:

Last season, Bradley Bozeman became accustomed to change.

The week before Alabama's first game he swapped positions with Ross Pierschbacher and was installed at center. 

Then, he dealt with a revolving door at right guard, where four different players started -- Pierschbacher, Lester Cotton, Alphonse Taylor and Korren Kirven.

"We did so much switching last year, we're ready for any kind of substitution,"
Bozeman said. "And it's really the same guys from last year coming into the mix, and you just have to build that match with those guys."

The Tide's offensive line is in the process of getting in sync as Alabama's coaching staff determines the right combination of personnel. Things appear to be settled on the left side of Bozeman, where Jonah Williams is the blindside protector and Pierschbacher is next to him at guard. But it's a different story on Bozeman's right.

Saban initiated a shakeup after he said the first-team unit didn't get "enough movement up front" during the team's first scrimmage of the spring earlier this month. Cotton then moved from right guard to right tackle, replacing Matt Womack. With Womack bumped, Deonte Brown was assigned to Cotton's old spot.

Explaining the change, Saban said, "Lester played a lot of tackle last year and he's done a really good job at guard. Sometimes we do things because we want to see what someone else can do and we want to make sure, like in Lester's case, that he could play guard or tackle next year."

Asked specifically how the offensive line performed in the new arrangement druing the second scrimmage, Saban said, "I can't really answer that without watching the film, but we're trying some things there."

How long the experimentation will continue remains uncertain.

As Bozeman knows, it can persist well into the season. So, stay tuned.

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