August 9, 2006

Depth at last for OL

Could the line between famine and feast be just one single recruiting class? After following its abysmal season on offensive line with one of the best recruiting classes in the nation at that position, the Crimson Tide coaching staff believes we will see a major turnaround in 2006 -- even if those highly touted freshmen never see the field.

Why? Because even if those freshmen never play a snap they still provide one thing the Tide offensive line never had last year: depth.

"It's kinda nice for a change," said offensive line coach Bob Connelly. "We have 18 guys in camp. A problem in the past was sheer numbers, but now the obvious thing is lack of experience. Most of our depth is unproven - guys that have not been on the field yet. Potentially, I think they have a world of talent. It's up to me and us to get them out there and get them better. "

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