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Brown and Taylor stepping up for the Sugar Bowl

Alphonse Taylor backing up Leon Brown for the Sugar Bowl

Alphonse Taylor backing up Leon Brown for the Sugar Bowl will be going with Leon Brown on Thursday against Oklahoma.  Brown has seen action in eight games so far this season but in each of those games he has played as mop up duty.  The other key note is when he has come into the games he has traditionally taken the place of Cyrus Kouandjio at left tackle.  For the Sugar Bowl however, the JUCO transfer seems to have gotten the nod to moves to the interior line as the starting right guard.    

At 6-foot-6, 313 pounds Brown will be one of the tallest guards around and is three inches taller than Anthony Steen who will be out for his last game for the Crimson Tide following shoulder surgery.

This will be Browns first start for Alabama who competed for the starting right tackle job at the beginning of the season but Austin Shepherd won the starting spot.  Brown will now be starting right along-side Shephard for the final game of the season though.

“He’ll be a little bit nervous at first, because it’ll be his first start, but once the first play is over with you kind of zone everything out,” right tackle Austin Shepherd said. So I think he’ll be fine. He’ll have two people around him who have started in me and Ryan so we’ll be able to calm him down if anything happens, so that’ll be good.”

Brown’s back-up, Alphonse Taylor, a red-shirt freshman, is only an inch shorter than the ASA College transfer from Brooklyn, N.Y, but he is also nearly 15 pounds heavier.

“It’s amazing the kind of guys they’re recruiting,” center Ryan Kelly said. “(Brown) played tackle but now he’s moving to guard. He’s done a great job.”

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