Stuart McNair

Despite losing Cam Robinson, Alabama seems to be strong at offensive tackle spots

First in series looking at Alabama positions prior to spring practice

Once upon a time, just a year or two ago, Alabama seemed to be having a problem getting enough quality depth at the offensive tackle positions. That doesn’t seem to be the case now.
Although Alabama has lost one of the nation’s best offensive tackles to early entry into the NFL draft, at least one expert on the Crimson Tide offensive line thinks the Tide might not miss a beat.
Here is the first in a series looking at each Alabama position prior to spring practice.
Even before Bama landed two outstanding tackles in the signing period who will be participating in spring practice, former Alabama Assistant Coach Mario Cristobal believed that the Tide had a capable replacement for Outland Trophy winner and All-America Cam Robinson at the critical left tackle spot.
Cristobal, who has since gone to Oregon as co-offensive coordinator, expected Scott Lashley, 6-7, 313, who was redshirted last season, to step in at left tackle and to rank among the top players Bama has landed for the position.
There were thoughts among many that Alabama would move Jonah Williams, 6-5, 296, a Freshman All-America last season, from right tackle to left tackle, but Williams — who started all 15 games for the Tide last year — may be staying put.
Meanwhile, Alabama landed two of the nation’s best tackles in the 2017 signing class and both are in school and preparing to take part in spring practice.
Alex Leatherwood, 6-5, 298, was ranked the number three tackle and ninth best player regardless of position in the signing class. The former Booker T. Washington of Pensacola star entered The University in time to take part in a few practices prior to the national championship game and was a head-turner.
Also enrolled is newcomer Elliot Baker, 6-7, 295, from San Francisco Community College. He was ranked as the number seven junior college prospect regardless of position.
Additionally, the Tide has backups from last season returning in Matt Womack, a 6-2, 299-pound junior, and Lester Cotton, a 6-4, 319-pound junior. Cotton, who has an off-season issue to deal with, had been a high school tackle, but has worked at both guard and tackle at Bama.
Although a starting date for Alabama spring practice has not yet been announced, it is expected to begin in mid-March. The A-Day Game will be April 22.


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