The “old man” on the 2013 offensive line is 6-foot-3, 309-pound Anthony Steen, who has 25 starts and 39 total games while at Alabama.
Steen signed with Alabama out of Lee Academy in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 2009. Like most of the 2009 class, Steen redshirted to adjust to the college game.
As a redshirt freshman, Steen played in all of Alabama’s 13 games. He started the last two games of the regular season against Georgia State and Auburn.
The 2011 season began Steen’s time of starting on the offensive line. Of Alabama’s 13 games, Steen started nine of them and played in all 13.
In his junior year, Steen started all 14 games and earned offensive player of the week honors against Western Kentucky in the second week of the season.
As the most experienced lineman on the team, Steen needs to be the leader in 2013 to guarantee everyone does his part. If the line does well (and Coach Saban takes any opportunity to talk about how pleased he is), the running game will be just fine and AJ McCarron will have all the time he needs to give the ball to a talented wide receiver.
Kellen Williams serves as a veteran backup for the offensive line in 2013. Rated as a top 30 offensive guard or tackle depending on the recruiting service, Williams signed with Alabama in 2009 out of Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
He took a redshirt in 2009 to rehab a knee injury he received during his senior year of high school.
As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Williams played against Georgia State during mop-up duty.
Fans saw Williams’ role grow during the last two seasons as he played five games in 2011 and 12 games in 2012.
The 6-foot-3, 302-pound lineman is expected to be the sixth man on the five-man rotation. If a starting lineman goes down, look for Williams to be the one to fill the void in the short term.
Coach Nick Saban went to La Mirada, California in 2011 to get offensive lineman Isaac Luatua.
Recruiting services differed on Luatua’s position. Rivals said he was the tenth best center in the nation, but ESNPU and Scout said he was the number 18 offensive guard.
After redshirting in 2011, Luatua did not play in 2012.
At 6-foot-2 and 313 pounds, he offers plenty of size to play on the interior for Saban and offensive line Coach Mario Cristobal. Luatua needs to wait his turn to move up the depth chart in 2013 and 2014.