In his second year as the Crimson Tide’s starting center ... signal-caller for the Alabama offensive front with 30 career starts ... selected to the Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch Lists ... unanimous second team All-American by all five major outlets while also earning second-team honors from Sports Illustrated ... tabbed to the All-SEC First Team by the Associated Press while garnering second-team recognition from the conference coaches ... midseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, CBSsports.com and TheAthletic.com ... helps anchors an offensive line that is a finalist for the Joe Moore Award ... the offensive line leads the nation in lowest negative play percentage, surrendering a negative play on just 4.2 percent of the Tide’s rushing attempts ... ranks 10th nationally in rushing with 255.8 yards per game ... the Alabama offense leads the SEC and ranks 12th nationally in scoring offense (37.9 ppg) ... the Tide is fourth in the SEC and 27th nationally in total offense (449.7 ypg) ... graded out at an average of 86.0 percent as a senior with 18 knockdown blocks and just seven missed assignments in 794 snaps (99.1 success rate) ... allowed just two sacks all season and only four pressures ... selected as one of the Tide coaching staff’s offensive players of the week against Colorado State and Clemson ... earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week recognition from the conference for his play in that game against the Rams ... blocked for six 100-yard rushing games this season and 17 in his 30 career starts at center. Florida State: Helped open holes for 173 rushing yards in a 24-7 win over No. 3 Florida State at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Fresno State: Graded out at 85 percent in the win over the Bulldogs ... did not allow a sack or a hurry ... did not commit a penalty ... cleared a path for 305 rushing yards in the win, including a career-best 154 yards for quarterback Jalen Hurts. Colorado State: Earned offensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaches after grading out at 87 percent ... had four knockdown blocks and did not commit a penalty or allow a sack or a hurry ... opened holes for 239 yards rushing and 487 yards of total offense. Vanderbilt: Cleared a path for a Saban-era high 496 rushing yards and 677 total yards ... graded out at 92 percent with four knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack, a hurry or commit a penalty. Ole Miss: Started and played 54 snaps in a 66-3 win over the Rebels ... had three knockdown blocks ... helped open holes for 365 rushing yards at 7.2 yards per carry ... did not allow a sack and provided time for 248 passing yards and 613 total yards ... the Tide had six runners gain at least 30 yards, led by Jalen Hurts (101). Texas A&M: Helped the Crimson Tide rush for 232 yards ... played all 69 snaps on offense ... opened holes for Damien Harris to rush for 124 yards on just 14 attempts. Arkansas: Helped clear a path for 308 rushing yards and 496 yards of total offense ... credited with allowing half of a sack in the passing game and added two knockdown blocks ... graded out at 89 percent ... blocked for his sixth 100-yard rushing game this season. Tennessee: Blocked for 604 yards of total offense in a 45-7 victory over the Volunteers ... graded out at a team-high 90 percent with three knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack or a pressure ... opened holes in the rushing game for 272 yards and four touchdowns. LSU: Graded out at 82 percent in a 24-10 win over the No. 19 Tigers ... opened holes for two rushing touchdowns and had a knockdown block. Mississippi State: Did not allow a sack or a pressure as the Tide churned out 444 yards of total offense in a come-from-behind victory over the No. 16 Bulldogs ... graded out at 85 percent and opened holes for three rushing touchdowns. Mercer: Graded out at 90 percent on 25 snaps in a 56-0 win over Mercer ... did not allow a sack, pressure or hurry ... blocked for 530 yards of total offense, split even with 265 both in the air and on the ground. Auburn: Helped the Tide rush for 209 yards and a touchdown ... did not allow a sack or commit a penalty on the afternoon. Clemson: Earned offensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff ... graded out at 90 percent with two knockdown blocks ... opened holes for a game-high 141 yards on the ground while providing time for Hurts to complete 66.7 percent of his passes and two touchdowns.
2016 (Redshirt Junior):
Earned the starting job at center in 2016 and exceled ... started all 15 games ... helped the Tide rank 16th nationally and first in the SEC in scoring offense (38.8 ppg), 12th nationally and second in the league in rushing offense (245.0 ypg) and 34th in the nation in total offense (455.3 ypg) ... blocked for 11 100-yard rushing games — four from Damien Harris and Jalen Hurts along with two from Bo Scarbrough and one by Josh Jacobs ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his performances against Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida. USC: Graded out at 80 percent with two knockdown blocks in the Tide’s victory over the Trojans ... did not allow a pressure or a sack ... opened holes for 242 rushing yards, including 138 yards from Harris. Western Kentucky: Started and provided time for Hurts and Blake Barnett to throw for 351 yards and two touchdowns ... did not allow a sack or a hurry and graded out at 80 percent ... had one knockdown block. Ole Miss: Earned offensive player of the week honors for his play in Oxford ... graded out at 86 percent with three knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack or a hurry ... opened holes for 334 yards rushing with 146 from Hurts and 144 from Harris. Kent State: Helped the Crimson Tide rush for 285 yards on the ground and produce 502 yards of total offense ... opened holes for 97 yards rushing by Jacobs ... graded out at 83 percent and recorded three knockdowns. Kentucky: Graded out at a team-high 90 percent with two knockdown blocks ... cleared a path for 100 rushing yards for Jacobs and 173 for the team ... helped provide time for 315 passing yards on 65.8 percent passing by the UA quarterbacks ... did not allow a sack or a hurry and did not commit a penalty. Arkansas: Opened holes for 264 rushing yards while providing time for 253 yards through the air ... did not allow a sack or pressure and did not commit a penalty ... graded out at a team-high 88 percent ... helped Harris rush for 122 yards on 13 carries ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff for his efforts. Tennessee: Cleared a path for 409 yards rushing and 594 yards of total offense ... the 409 yards rushing was the most for an Alabama team since 1992 and the most against Tennessee since 1986 ... helped the Tide average 8.5 yards per attempt ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff ... opened holes for two 100-yard rushers (Hurts 132, Scarbrough 109) ... had one knockdown block and graded out at 84 percent. Texas A&M: Earned offensive player of the week honors from the Crimson Tide coaches for his efforts against the Aggies ... recorded three knockdown blocks ... opened holes for 287 yards on the ground and 451 yards of total offense ... helped Harris notch his fourth 100-yard game of the season as Alabama averaged 5.0 yards per carry ... did not allow a sack or a hurry and did not commit a penalty. LSU: Earned offensive player of the week recognition from the Alabama coaches for his play in Baton Rouge ... graded out at 86 percent with two knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack or a hurry while opening up holes for 216 rushing yards and 323 total yards ... helped Hurts rush for 114 yards and a TD. Mississippi State: Named to the coaching staff's offensive player of the week list for the fifth straight week ... graded out at 91 percent with a team-high four knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack or a hurry ... cleared a path for 216 rushing yards, averaging 7.0 yards per carry ... provided time for 615 yards of total offense, an average of 8.5 yards a play. Chattanooga: Helped the Crimson Tide rush for 196 yards on 37 carries, including a game-high 91 yards by Harris. Auburn: Earned offensive player of the week honors after helping provide time for 501 yards of total offense, including 203 yards on the ground ... graded out at 89 percent with four knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack or commit a penalty. Florida: Selected as a UA coaching staff offensive player of the week for the seventh time in the last eight games ... graded out at 87 percent with two knockdown blocks ... opened holes for 234 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry ... did not allow a sack or a hurry. Washington: Helped open holes for 269 yards rushing, including a career-high 180 and two scores for Scarbrough ... Tide averaged 5.4 yards per rush ... had two knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack. Clemson: Graded out at 83 percent while helping Alabama rush for 221 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns ... did not allow a sack.
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore):
Played in all 15 games, coming off the bench as a reserve guard and center ... also saw time on the field goal and extra point teams.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman):
A redshirt freshman who played in nine games with two starts (Arkansas and Texas A&M) ... made his first career start in crimson and white at Arkansas ... replaced injured starting center Ryan Kelly at Ole Miss. Arkansas: Graded out at 86 percent and led the team with three knockdown blocks. Texas A&M: Made his second straight start ... helped the line block for 298 yards rushing ... did not allow a sack and graded out at 90 percent. Western Carolina: Had one knockdown block while playing 28 snaps.
Redshirted during his first year at the Capstone.
High School & Personal:
A four-star offensive lineman out of Handley High School … rated as the No. 14 player in the state of Alabama in the 2013 recruiting class by Rivals.com and the No. 26 offensive tackle … ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 18 offensive tackle and 14th in Alabama while listing him 154th in the Southeast Region … rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout.com …. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 26 offensive guard and No. 16 in Alabama in their composite rankings and the No. 45 guard and No. 25 player in its Top247 … Scout.com rated him the No. 28 offensive guard … No. 7 on the final AL.com A-List … coached by Mike Battles Sr. at Handley High School … earned first team 3A All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a junior in 2011 … injured a knee as a senior in 2012 … chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee.