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Alabama to start Landon Dickerson, Deonte Brown against Texas A&M

Deonte Brown blocking a Georgia DL in 2018 SEC Championship Game
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The right side of Alabama’s offensive line is about to do some work. 

After stating all week that Chris Owens (knee) was ‘very questionable,’ Nick Saban confirmed during his “Hey Coach” show on Thursday that Landon Dickerson will start at center versus Texas A&M on Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.  

The 6-foot-6, 308-pounder makes his second career start at center. 

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His first start came against New Mexico State and he was incredible, anchoring the offense to 603 total yards – including 310 yards rushing.

Alabama totaled 62 points and Dickerson did not allow a sack or quarterback pressure in 48 snaps.

A former five-star, he earned Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his efforts against South Carolina. 

Dickerson did not allow a sack, pressure or hurry and was perfect on assignments through 58 snaps.

He has started all five games this year and is a fan favorite in Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

Owens’ injury has also opened the door for Deonte Brown. 

He returned to game action versus the Mississippi Rebels for the first time in six games, dating back to the SEC Championship in 2018.

An NCAA infraction caused him to miss the College Football Playoff and the first four games of this season.

Alabama’s rushing attack was jump started against the Rebels and with Brown at right guard, this weekend will be interesting. 

With Saban announcing Dickerson and Brown as starters, the right side of the Tide’s offensive unit carries an average height of 6-5 and weight of 322 pounds. This is a group that is ready to lay down the law on the Aggies and spring its running backs for big gains on the ground. 

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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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