Alabama’s offensive line has been worth watching this season, and a big reason for that has been the play of — or number of plays made by — redshirt senior center Landon Dickerson.
At 6-foot-6, 325 pounds, Dickerson is known for his physicality and brute power as the anchor of the Crimson Tide’s starting five. Those attributes have been on full display through eight games, as he has routinely knocked opposing defenders to the turf. Sometimes they see it coming, but in other instances, Dickerson is left with no one to block, locks onto the nearest pass rusher that is engaged with one of his teammates and quickly takes them out of the play.
“I look at it from the perspective of if I don’t have an assignment, I don’t have anybody to block — like on pass protection, let’s say — it’s always beneficial to go help out my teammate,” Dickerson told BamaOnLine. “I’m not gonna leave him there and just watch him.
“If I can go help him, I wanna go help him. And not only does it help him on that rep specifically, but after you hit a guy — and a lot of times, I try to put guys on the ground — it softens up the pass rush because they’re not dead-set on attacking that guy anymore.
“They’re looking to see where I am. It slows them down and kind of makes them think before they really go and be overly aggressive with coming off the ball or making a move.”Al
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