Robinson, Kouandjio, Brown In The Trenches

Football in the trenches is essentially a game of hand to hand combat. Frequently the winner of the encounter is victorious on the scoreboard. Three of the five starting offensive lineman for Alabama (12-1, SEC 7-1, No. 1) shared opinions about the opponent they will face in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CST in the Louisiana Superdome against Ohio State (12-1, Big Ten 8-0, No. 4).

Cam Robinson (6-6, 323 pounds) is the first true freshman in the Nick Saban regime at Alabama to start at the important position of left tackle. He was a five-star prospect coming from West Monroe (La.) High School and has started every game for the Crimson Tide. He was selected Freshman All-America.

Arie Kouandjio (6-5, 313 pounds) is a two-year starter at left guard. The Cameroon native from DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) earned second team All-America from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and was first team All-Southeastern Conference in his senior season.

Leon Brown (6-6, 320 pounds) was a valuable and versatile reserve in 2013 but earned a starting position at right guard as a senior this season. He came to Tuscaloosa from ASA College in New York after matriculating at Parkdale (Md.) High School.

Interior linemen usually are not highlighted during a telecast even though their performances create opportunities for the quarterbacks, running backs wide receivers, and tight ends to be successful.

Robinson, Kouandjio and Brown spoke to ’BAMA Magazine/ prior to the inaugural semifinal College Football Playoff game against the Big Ten Champion, Ohio State.

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