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Kelly Steps Into Big Role At Center

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Arie Kouandjio has an interesting perspective. Kouandjio, who is attempting to win the left guard spot on Alabama's 2013 offensive line, was asked about Ryan Kelly, who is trying to win the center position. Kouandjio said, "Ryan Kelly is very poised."

That poise may have been best exhibited in last year's Southeastern Conference championship game when Alabama All-America center Barrett Jones had to leave the game with an injured foot, and Ryan Kelly, a second-year freshman last season, was thrown into the fire in a tough game against Georgia. Or as Kelly put it, "They just threw me in there like I was a piece of meat." Kelly, a prep All...

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