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Matt Rhea shares impressive strength numbers for Alabama OL and one true freshman LB

Alabama's offensive line about to snap the ball in fall camp
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Alabama football concluded fall practice over the weekend, and now its attention turns to Missouri.

Throughout the preseason, Nick Saban has been pleased with the Crimson Tide on offense and he sees growth on defense and special teams.

As the team continues to push toward a strong season, Dr. Matt Rhea (Alabama’s Director of Performance Science) decided to share some impressive strength numbers that occurred during camp.

Since he and David Ballou were hired back in March, both coaches have done a great job of conditioning players, improving speed and preventing injuries.

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During the final scrimmage of camp, Alabama’s offensive line from left to right was Kendall Randolph, Deonte Brown, Landon Dickerson, Emil Ekiyor Jr., and Evan Neal. Alex Leatherwood did not participate, but he has played in 35 career games — including 28 starts at right guard and left tackle. When it comes the potential starting group, the Tide is looking at Leatherwood, Brown, Dickerson, Ekiyor and Neal.

On Monday, Rhea posted a photo that shared impressive squatting numbers from Dickerson, Brown and Ekiyor.

Dickerson led the trio in squatting 765 pounds, while the trio squatted 1,885 pounds as a whole.

This year’s front has the makings to be the best offensive unit in college football.

Along with the line, Rhea has also been impressed with a true freshman linebacker.

Quandarrius Robinson, a native of Birmingham, Ala., arrived in the 2020 signing class for the Crimson Tide as a four-star outside linebacker via Jackson-Olin High School. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Robinson is one of four pass rushers pushing for playing time this season.

Per Rhea, Robinson did 49 pull-ups after a workout on Monday and it got his attention.

For the Tide, the program is all in on getting back to the College Football Playoff and winning a national championship.

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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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