O-Line Doing Well, Says Marlon Davis

Sportswriters have a standard question for Alabama offensive linemen these days. "What's it like to try to block Terrence Cody?" Cody, of course, is the near-mythical Bama defensive nose tackle, a 6-5, 385-pound physical phenom.



"He's heavy," said Alabama offensive guard Marlon Davis. "He's stout. He's strong."

So does it take two men to block him?

"Yeah."

Marlon Davis is efficient with his words. The 6-4, 290-pound senior from Columbus, Ga., is a returning starter at right guard. He seems to enjoy talking more about the Crimson Tide offensive line as a unit than he does about himself or any other individuals.

Bama is two and a half weeks away from opening the season in the GeorgiaDome in Atlanta. Is Davis excited? "The first game is a hype game no matter who you play," Davis said. "Clemson in Atlanta makes it maybe a little more."

Davis did say he thinks the offensive line is coming together. "We're working hard, trying to get better every day," he said. "We've been working together several years, so we have experience. We're learning a little bit of a new offense. I think we're getting better every day. We're more cohesive.

"Things are a little more smooth than they were to begin with. I think we're working good together. We know the calls and we know the defensive reads."

The offensive line returns Antoine Caldwell at center and Andre Smith at left tackle. Mike Johnson has moved from starting right tackle in 2007 to left guard. Drew Davis has moved into next to Marlon Davis (no relation) at right tackle.

Davis, who said he thought he did well in Bama's first scrimmage last Saturday, and his teammates were to have their final day of two-a-day practices Wednesday. A scrimmage (close to the public) is scheduled Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The offensive line is charged with protecting senior quarterback John Parker Wilson. Davis said, "John Parker appreciates us and we appreciate him. We're very close."

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