"We're getting better every day," said Justin Britt, the senior left guard on that offensive line. "We're the hardest working unit on the team. It's our goal to be the best. We're getting to know the offense and doing our job."
Justin is the third Britt to play in Alabama's offensive line. Oldest brother, Wesley, was an offensive tackle. Taylor came to Bama as a defensive lineman, but quickly ended up on the offensive line as a back-up guard and center. Justin was a two-year regular in the defensive line in 2004 and 2005 before making the shift to left guard as a junior last year.
"I had never played left guard before," Britt said. "It's different when you take a stance on the left side with your left hand on the ground. I feel a lot better now than I did a year ago when I made the change."
He had played in the offensive line in high school at right guard and at tight end.
Britt, 6-4, 290, also said he has a different feeling as a senior. "From an experience standpoint and a knowledge standpoint, there's a world of difference," he said. "And knowing what college football means."
Britt said the first few practices "we weren't finishing plays. That is a factor of conditioning and mental preparation. It is very important to finish plays."
He also knows that a few words of praise after half a dozen practices has to be taken in context. "It's gratifying," he said of the kind words about the offensive line from Coach Saban. "But you still have to stay focused. The goal is to get better every day. If you get praise, accept it an move on. And if it's something else, you still have to keep going."
Britt likes his position coach, Joe Pendry. "He's an intense character, an intense coach, an intense man," Britt said. "He's going to give everything he's got and he's going to do all he can to get everything out of us."