THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE IS KEY IN ALABAMA’S MATCHUP WITH TEXAS A&M

The trenches will be critical on both sides of the ball when Alabama takes on Texas A&M Saturday. Texas A&M has two of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the country in Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall. Garret will likely be the top pick in next April’s NFL draft.

Alabama tight end O.J. Howard is confident that game prep and film study will get the crimson tide ready for the challenge of facing players like Garret and Hall.

“Our coaching staff do a great job every week of getting us a good, you know, insight on the type of player they are and we watch film. So we just got to study a few more extra this week and just be ready for them on Saturday,” Howard said.

Center Bradley Bozeman is also confident Alabama will be ready for the test A&M’s defense presents.

“Well, you know, they’ve always been, had a good defense, and, you know, this year is no different story. And we just have to come to play this week,” Bozeman said.

The Texas A&M offensive line will also have it’s hands full on Saturday. The unit is young but has held up nicely this season, but head coach Kevin Sumlin said the Alabama defensive front is at a different level from anyone else A&M has faced this season.

“Their front is ridiculous is the best way I can put it. You know, as good as there is in football, but the thing that makes them different is the rotation of these guys. And they just keep coming,” Sumlin said. “And like he said, you know, over the course of the last couple of years, you’d think they’d, you know, fall off a bit up front, but they haven’t at all.”

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