Alabama Football: What to make of Jekyll and Hyde Offense

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Alabama Football Offensive Line: A-

The Alabama offensive line did a pretty good job for the most part, keeping Jalen Milroe as clean as one could ask and paving the way for a 100-yard rusher in Jase McClellan.

The Tide did allow four sacks, but most were the result of pre-snap protection mistakes as opposed to linemen just getting beat one-on-one. I was impressed by the offensive tackle play, particularly that of true freshman Kadyn Proctor, who was tabbed by many as a critical player in this game.

Tennessee’s vaunted pass-rush duo of James Pearce Jr. and Tyler Baron combined for just one sack in the game. Though Pearce Jr.’s strip sack was a big play, Proctor actually blocked him pretty well on the play.

Jalen Milroe held the ball a little too long, and also maintained his depth in the pocket instead of stepping up into what would’ve been plenty of open space. Additionally, it was just an incredible play by Pearce Jr., who knocked the ball loose with his free arm while essentially being pancaked by Proctor.

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This isn’t the dominant offensive line it was portrayed to be in the preseason, but this is a good unit that is improving along with the rest of the offense. It has shown the ability to wear out oppoonents with the run game, and is gaining confidence as well.