Posted March 06, 2013

You can’t sack what you can’t see

Alabama Crimson Tide, Mario Cristobal
Mario Cristobal is building a fortress of scary human flesh at Alabama. (AP)

Former FIU coach Mario Cristobal is building a fortress of scary human flesh at Alabama. (AP)

How to make the prospect of Alabama fielding a 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman even more ominous? Put him next to three other guys just like him:

Alabama has offered several offensive linemen in the 300-plus range since Mario Cristobal was hired last month, including Lackawanna (Penn.) Community College tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (6-6, 300), Nassau (N.Y.) Community College tackle Chad Mavety (6-6, 320), and Corona (Calif.) Centennial guard Viane Talamaivao (6-3, 300).

Cristobal’s strategy is a simple one: The opponent can’t sack AJ McCarron, or one of the six guys battling to succeed him, if it can’t see over any of the guys in front of him.

4 comments
gv4man52
gv4man52

Having 6'6" lineman poses as much of a problem as it solves.  It is very difficult to see, let alone throw down field when their is a 1200 pound "human wall" between the QB and the receivers.  However, on the bright side, if McCarron were successful in managing such a situation his pro-prospects would increase ten fold.

bbthree03
bbthree03

Chances are, all of these kids won't commit. If you can't promise them significant playing time then you probably won't get them. Why play shoulder to shoulder w 2-3 other guys just like you when you can shine on another team? Most of them want playing time and exposure!

crimsonmastodon
crimsonmastodon

Are these offers for 2014?  If so, it'll be Cooper Bateman they can't see.

crimsonmastodon
crimsonmastodon

I wonder if any of the 4 extra scholarships forfeited by the 4 players dismissed from the team are being used for 2013?

 
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