TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — For much of the spring, Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor has worked with the second-team offensive line.
That continued on Saturday as Taylor — who started all 15 games at right guard last season — spent A-Day playing with the second offensive line group.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was asked how he’d assess the first-team offensive line following the Tide’s 15th and final practice of the spring in Bryant-Denny Stadium. From there, Saban said the first group that took the field may not actually be the starting unit. Left tackle Cam Robinson is sure to earn his spot back once he fully recovers from his shoulder surgery. Alabama is also moving players like Lester Cotton and January enrollee Jonah Williams around to see how they develop and respond to different positions.
Saban then provided insight into why Taylor hasn’t been with the first group. Taylor was replaced at right guard by redshirt freshman Brandon Kennedy on Saturday.
“He’s going to continue to be on the second team if he doesn’t get his weight down and get in shape,” Saban said. “Would he be a better first-teamer with all the experience he has?”
Based on Saban’s words, the job is still open for Taylor to earn if he changes his diet and sheds a few pounds.
The first offensive line group had Korren Kirven at left tackle, Cotton at left guard, Ross Pierschbacher at center, Kennedy at right guard and Williams at right tackle.
With Taylor at right guard, the second group had Matt Womack at right tackle, J.C. Hassenauer at center, Dallas Warmack at left guard and Bradley Bozeman at left tackle. Junior college transfer Charles Baldwin rotated in at right tackle.