Coach Saban seems to believe so. Using an All-SEC Center with another starting O-lineman and our power RB, it appears they have been helpful for our defense. From Nick’s very own mouth:
“It’s really helped us defensively,” Saban said. “We might have as good an offensive line (on scout team) as what starts in the game with the guys that we’ve got and Coffee is a really good scout team back.
“I honestly think those guys have done a fantastic job in that role. Especially in last week’s game playing against a running team like they were to have a good back like that and a good offensive line probably was as significant a contribution to the preparation that help the guys play a little bit better than what they’ve been playing — especially against the run.”
We’ll need it since Louisiana-Monroe has one of the best Running backs you’ve never heard of in Calvin Dawson. He currently has 1,257 yards, 11 TDs, averaging 125.7 YPG. I remember this guy being the only form of offense they had against Alabama, so I imagine that will probably ring true this weekend as well. Their defense stinks, so our offense should at least be able to have a chance to get out of whatever funk they’ve been in recently. Their QB is average at best, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the pass defense as an average fan. Kick-off is at 1:30 pm, so I hope to see you there!!