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Tide In Good Shape At Left Tackle

Andre Smith is All-America candidate

At this year's Southeastern Conference Media Days event in Hoover, Mississippi State Coach Sylvester Croom was asked if left tackle was the most important position on the offensive line. Croom fixed the man asking the question with a mock cold stare. "You're talking to a former center," Croom said. "Center is the most important position."

Alabama has a pretty good offensive tackle in Andre Smith. Like Croom, when he was a center for the Crimson Tide back in the 1970s, Smith is an All-America level player. Following Alabama's Thursday football practice, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban was asked about the importance of the left tackle in Bama's offense. "It's important to have a strong left tackle," Saban said. "It's important to...

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