Let the Good Times Roll

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By Ryan Butler

I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the 2009 SEC championship game between the University of Florida and Alabama. While watching the game, a good friend of mine and football aficionado turned to me and said, “I could average three yards a carry if I had Alabama’s offensive line.” I laughed at the 5”8’, 155-pound 19-year-old. But as I continued to watch the game, and see the Crimson Tide roll over the Gators, the bold claim made more and more sense. Sure Alabama featured two future first-round draft picks in the backfield. Still, the gaps the line paved for them were massive. They were almost as large as the wholes bored by Chiefland High School’s line last Friday night.
Taking nothing away from Alphonso Timmons, Deshawn Rolland, Keith Smith, James Corbin, Josh Smith, Shaquille Patterson, Josh Berger or Sklar Shelton, but when you have eight backs all look good on multiple carries, someone else deserves some credit.

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