Cody Getting Ready For The Hogs

It's not a big secret about what's going to happen when Alabama has short yardage at the goalline and the fullback is wearing No. 62. Terrence Cody's job in his brief appearances on offense is simple. He makes a hole—a very wide hole—for an Alabama running back.

In last week's 53-7 Alabama win over North Texas, nose tackle Terrence Cody had two plays on offense, and both resulted in Crimson Tide touchdown runs. It was notable that Cody didn't have a block on the first run, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a nice gap.

"Everyone just ran away," Cody said following Bama's Tuesday practice. "But that was okay. By the time they fell back into the hole we were already in the end zone."

A notable addendum to the play came when Cody's back was turned to the defense and a North Texas player gave him a shot in the back.

"On the next one I knocked him out of the end zone," Cody said of his revenge on his second touchdown lead.

Cody said, "It's a great opportunity to line up on offense if it helps us score."

Would he be interested in taking it a step farther, actually taking a handoff?

"I'd go into the end zone," he said. "Then I'd celebrate. Put the ball over the goalpost. Do the Lambeau Leap. That'd make the Top Ten (ESPN highlight plays)."

Reminded that would also be a celebration penalty, Cody admitted, "I'm exaggerating. Just kidding."

(Alabama fans in the end zone seats can breathe a sigh of relief. The Lambeau Leap is the celebration by Green Bay Packers players who leap into the stands to celebrate a touchdown. Usually it's by quite a smaller person than the 6-5, 354-pound Cody).

Cody and his Crimson Tide teammates are preparing for the Southeastern Conference opener this week against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Bama is 3-0 and ranked third in the nation. Arkansas is 1-1 and coming off a 52-41 loss at the hands of Georgia. The game will be televised by CBS with kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CDT at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The loss notwithstanding, Alabama defensive players take note of the 41 points scored by the Razorbacks, and particularly the extraordinary play of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

"They've got a good team," Cody said. "They've got a great quarterback and good running backs, too. Going into SEC play we're going to face a lot more talent. Arkansas is big and physical. We've got to play hard and be physical, too."

Last year Cody made a statement from his first game against Clemson. But he really stepped up when he went against Arkansas center Jonathan Luig, the winner of the 2007 Riminton Award as the nation's best center. Luig didn't repeat, in great part because of the way Cody manhandled him.

"It was more than just him on the offensive line," Cody said. "Sometimes I was going against a guard or a tackle. When I went against him, it was a good battle. He'd win a play, then I'd dominate him a play.

Arkansas has sophomore Seth Oxner (6-4, 315) at center this year. "The new center looks good," Cody said.

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