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Matt Womack to push others on UA’s offensive line in his return to practice

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Not a whole lot occurred in Tuesday’s practice following rest on Monday; however, seeing offensive tackle Matt Womack return to work was nice.

Alabama’s starter at right tackle throughout 2017 has missed the first four games of this season, because of a foot injury he suffered in fall practice.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said he would miss four to six weeks, but his father – David Womack – was first to report the news Sunday on his son’s return. 

The 6-foot-7, 325-pounder anchored the right side of an offensive line that finished as a finalist for the Joe Moore Award in 2017. He was a big part of helping Alabama secure a College Football Playoff national title, while assisting running back Damien Harris to his second 1,000-yard season. During the second half of the championship game versus Georgia, he protected Tua Tagovailoa and allowed him to toss for three scores at Mercedes-Benz Stadium back in January. 

Sophomore Jedrick Wills has served at right tackle in Womack’s absence, but the Tide has struggled to establish a potent rushing attack. Despite lining up with the second team, the native Mississippian anticipates working back to the first-team unit. Womack has proven to be a dominant run blocker and has shown signs to be solid in pass protection.

It will take him a moment to get back up to speed; nevertheless, his presence provides depth and experience.

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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