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Ross Pierschbacher proves value of flexibility to Alabama offensive linemen

Ross Pierschbacher

Ross Pierschbacher is no stranger to changing roles on the offensive side of the ball. The fifth-year senior has been tasked with taking over as the “quarterback” of the offensive line, replacing Second Team AP All-American Bradley Bozeman at center. Media members seem to think he’ll transition well as Pierschbacher was named preseason First Team All-SEC for 2018.

The 2014 four-star commit who ranked as the number-one offensive lineman from the state of Iowa was an integral part of a stacked recruiting class that ranked both number one in the SEC and in the nation. Pierschbacher took a redshirt his freshman year before winning the starting left guard position in 2015. Pierschbacher played in all 15 games, helping clear the way for Derrick Henry to overtake the thrown as Alabama’s all-time leading rusher.

More than that, Pierschbacher also did a magnificent job of protecting quarterback Jake Coker, with his offensive line surrendering just 1.5 sacks all season long on his way to being named to the Freshman All-SEC Team that year.

Pierschbacher showed his versatility in 2016 as he split time at both the right and left guard en route to a Second Team All-SEC selection by the AP. Pierschbacher added to his list of accomplishments in 2017 as he was named a First Team All-SEC player despite not being an everyday starter. His greatest accomplishment last season could have been the championship game against Georgia as he didn’t surrender a sack or even a single pressure against the Dawgs.

Nor did he have a penalty.

His reward?

The captain’s chair if you will.

Pierschbacher will be the leader of an offensive line that returns a ton of talent. The good thing about players like Pierschbacher and others on this offensive line is their ability to play multiple positions, as Pierschbacher noted during SEC Media Days:

“Having guys being able to play multiple roles, if an injury comes along, some guys will have to fill in and play at a high level,” Pierschbacher said. “Even for NFL scouts, just showing that you can play more than one position can help you in the league, and yeah, you just have to able to play more than one position. So, having guys that can play multiple positions will really help us in the long run and create depth along the line.”

Spoken like someone who knows just how important it is to be able to be flexible.

This will Be Pierschbacher’s third position on the line since arriving at Alabama, and his most important. By taking over at center, Pierschbacher will open up the possibility of having Jonah Williams and Alex Leatherwood at both tackle positions, where both players shine.

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