Monday, August 12, 2013
Nation's 10 most valuable position groups
By ESPN.com staff
The most valuable position group in 2012 quite literally pushed Alabama to its third national championship in four years. The Tide’s offensive line helped one of the country’s more efficient offenses average 5.59 yards per rush (sixth in the Football Bowl Subdivision) and 6.95 yards per play (fifth).
That’s quite a standard for a program celebrated for its defensive prowess during its recent run. It’s no wonder Notre Dame, as good as that defense was all year, was hapless versus Bama. Three pieces of the 2012 Crimson Tide line are now gone -- including the 10th and 11th overall NFL draft picks -- but this is how Alabama football stacks up: Its O-line, despite those losses, ranks atop our 10 most valuable position groups for 2013, which features units with top talent that play a critical role in determining their teams' success.