The biggest man on a big line says six months of hard work has helped Alabama build the SEC’s leading rushing attack.
Alabama right tackle Matt Womack said the Crimson Tide’s offensive line has built solid connections from spring practice to the season’s midway point.
“Our chemistry is really good. I’ve been with the same five guys all spring, all summer, fall camp, everything,” Womack said. “We’ve really figured each other out, figured out how we all play on each different play and different block.”
The front five – from left to right, Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Bradley Bozeman, Lester Cotton and Womack (average size: 6 feet 5, 313 pounds) – has pushed around opponents this season, powering the Crimson Tide to the seventh-ranked rushing attack in the nation and averaging 6.44 yards per carry.
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Together, Womack (6-7, 324 pounds) said the unit lives for the opportunity to knock defenders out of the way and clear space for Alabama rushers, who have gained at least 173 yards in each game this season and racked up 496 yards against Vanderbilt on September 23.
“Offensive linemen, man, that’s all we want to do,” Womack said. “Just put it behind us and put it on our backs. It means everything to me. If we can’t establish the running game, I feel like I’m not really doing my job.”
He’s looking forward to the return home to Bryant-Denny Stadium for Saturday’s contest with Arkansas after enduring the ear-splitting noise at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field last week.
“Definitely, it’s a lot better to have your own crowd around you than somebody else’s,” Womack said. “Texas A&M was a really loud environment. but I feel like we just kind of all tuned in and really tried to get through it all.”
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