Alabama football’s Landon Dickerson has been putting in plenty of work.
The offensive line will be a great strength for Alabama football in 2020, and they will be led by plenty of upperclassmen. One cog is interior offensive lineman Landon Dickerson. Dickerson has been putting in the work in the weight room, and he’s getting results.
Director of sports science Matt Rhea tweeted recently some numbers from squat sessions, and Dickerson’s max is staggering. According to Rhea, Landon Dickerson was able to squat 765 pounds. That’s over 100 pounds more than double his weight.
Alabama’s three interior offensive linemen combined to squat 1885 pounds. This shows just how much the athleticism of this team has improved since hiring Rhea and David Ballou. Alabama’s previous strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran is now on staff at Georgia, but Alabama football seems to be doing just fine.
The Crimson Tide will rely heavily on the offensive line in 2020. With Tua Tagovailoa no longer under center and a stable of running backs ready to contribute, look for Alabama to chew clock with the running game on almost every possession. If Najee Harris could find a crease behind the line last year, watch out for him to find the end zone behind these blockers.
Alabama only lost one starting offensive linemen from last year’s team, but many players will be shifting around. Evan Neal will likely swing from guard to tackle, leaving an opening at guard. While Dickerson has a chance to start at guard by the end of the season, it appears that he will at least begin 2020 as the starting center. If another player steps up at center, Dickerson will definitely shift to guard and remain in the starting lineup.
Alabama football has plenty of things to look forward to in 2020. From Bryce Young to Dylan Moses to the return of DeVonta Smith, every fan has something to cheer for. Fans of the 2011 and 2012 title teams will likely be happy to see Alabama go back to having maulers on the offensive line. Watch out for them to dominate in the SEC.