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Tide O-Line Prepares For Big Challenge

Andre Smith

Andre Smith has a memory of last year's Ole Miss game, a contest won by Alabama by a 27-24 margin in Oxford. It was a game with a finish that infuriated the locals. A long Ole Miss pass to the Alabama three-yard line with seconds remaining was (correctly) ruled incomplete because the Rebels receiver had run out of bounds.

As Alabama players left the field, they were pelted by all manner of debris, most memorably a woman's red high heel shoe. Andre Smith said he spotted his parents in the stands. "My father was shouting, ‘Put your helmet on!'" Smith said. Smith, a 6-4, 330-pound junior left tackle, has another memory of that game. The Crimson Tide won, but not because it handled the Rebels' outstanding defensive...

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