September 11, 2007

The Zoom Lens: Noseguards

Each week subscribers will choose the focus of The Zoom Lens, a weekly post-game analysis of a specific position. BOL staff reviews a tape of each game with a play-by-play eye on the position chosen by members. This week's poll results:

Noseguards35.7 percent
Cornerbacks32.5 percent
Special teams20.8 percent
Offensive tackles11.0 percent

Inside linebackers
The subjects: Starting noseguard Lorenzo Washington; reserve Josh Chapman.


Statistics: One solo tackle, one assist.
Observations: Between being spelled in both halves by Chapman and being removed on most third downs for Alabama's pass rush front that includes four defensive ends, Washington didn't as many snaps as his co-starters on defense. One of the only third downs he did play, however, was his best play of the day. With Vanderbilt facing 3rd-and-1 on its second offensive drive, [db]Chris Nickson carried up the middle for no gain and the Commodores were forced to punt. Darren Mustin cleaned up the play with an assist and took the bows for the key stop, but it was Washington, who made first contact, on the bottom of the pile. The play went off right guard Merritt Kirchoffer, but Washington penetrated off left guard Josh Eames, then had to come back behind center Hamilton Holliday to get a piece of the tackle, grabbing Nickson around the legs just before Mustin arrived.

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