Alabama Football: Crimson Tide All-Decade Team

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Former Nick Saban player, Chance Warmack
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 17: Offensive linesman Chance Warmack (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /

Interior Offensive Line (Left Guard-Chance Warmack, Center-Ryan Kelly, Right Guard-Barrett Jones)

First off, Barrett Jones is one of the most decorated players in Alabama football history. And while he won the Outland Trophy in 2011 for his season at left tackle and a Remington Trophy in 2012 for his season at center (both teams won national titles), due to the sheer level of talent at the aforementioned spots, right guard seems a natural fit on an all-decade team. He started his first two seasons at the position and, honestly, no matter where he lined up, he was just plain good.

Warmack’s promising NFL career stalled, but I first heard the term “road grader” in football used in describing him at the left guard position. He was big, he was mean and he was paving the way for a lot of great running backs. He was a first-team All-American in 2012 when the best offensive line of the Saban era mauled Notre Dame’s lauded front seven in the BCS Championship game. Plus, who can ever forget the exposed muffin top?

There were a lot of good centers this decade, but Ryan Kelly was the best. It was his natural position, he did it as a starter for three seasons and, most impressively, he did it with four different starting quarterbacks (yes, I’m counting for the first two series that Cooper Bateman played against Ole Miss in 2015). His was the steadiest hand on the 2015 national championship team.

Honorable Mention: Left Guard-Ross Pierschbacher, Center-Bradley Bozeman, Right Guard-Alphonse Taylor