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Alabama football has its first all-black starting offensive line in Nick Saban era

Evan Neal working through drills for Alabama in fall camp
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Sylvester Croom would be proud of the history Alabama football made by unveiling its depth chart.

He was the first African American to start at center on the offensive line. Before Nick Saban took the podium for his presser, the Crimson Tide’s athletic department released the week one depth chart. Alabama will boast a starting offensive unit of all-black athletes for the first time in the Saban era. The starting lineup from left to right has Evan Neal, Javion Cohen, Chris Owens/Darrian Dalcourt, Emil Ekiyor Jr., and Kendall Randolph. All five players performed well in fall camp.

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Despite a competition at center, Neal, Cohen, Ekiyor, and Randolph won their positions outright.

Alabama will face Miami on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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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 “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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