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Might Alabama have another game-wrecking defensive lineman in 2020?

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This is a few days old, but being from a local news station in Kentucky, it didn’t get much publicity.

This is a neat interview with a guy that was mostly an afterthought for most Alabama fans as a freshman. He spends some of his time talking about his time in high school, but he also spends a little time talking about how the team struggled some in 2019 to always keep their mindset where it needed to be to win a championship.

Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore

After contributing as a situational pass rusher last season, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Philadelphia native will now get an opportunity to step into a larger role as a redshirt sophomore. Despite being just a situational player and not playing much early in the year, Barmore finished last year with 26 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two sacks and five additional quarterback hurries. “When he was on the field last year, he made plays,” an SEC defensive staffer said. “He jumped out at you. Third down, he was getting sacks. He’s an interior pass rusher. He can line up at end. He’s played tackle. It’s very hard to find a guy that can rush from the inside and the outside, and he can play multiple different positions.”

If Barmore improves on what he flashed in 2019, then Alabama’s defense might very well become a force again. There’s nothing like interior pressure to give all the other positions on defense some breathing room.

“That happened out of the blue (with Seattle),” Fluker said. “It caught me off guard a little bit. But honestly, the Ravens fit my style of play and the way I play — physically and running the ball, things like that. And that’s what I want to be a part of.”

Seattle cutting Fluker was a bit of a surprise, but he wasn’t unemployed for long. The Ravens snapped him up in less than 24 hours, and now the giant personalities of Fluker and Mark Ingram will collide to make this Baltimore team even more fun.

And to keep things rolling, they’ve extended Marlon Humphrey as well. So, for those counting:

Humphrey

Ingram

Fluker

Bradley Bozeman

Anthony Averett

Andre Smith

And they’re one of the best teams in all of the NFL? Correlation? I think so.

“Meet Terrell Lewis, aka Terrell Hunt, aka “The Absolute Freak.” He’s the biggest middle-finger (TV edit) we’ve got on this ragtag team of runts (TV edit) and I’m telling you, if there’s a steel wall we need to torch through, we can just send the freak to ram that fracking (TV edit) thing down to hell. He’s been living in Bethesda, Maryland as a baker, makes the best blueberry muffins in Montgomery Country, but I know he’s ready to come out of retirement and bust some ashes (TV edit).”

(cut to: Terrell Lewis throws a blueberry muffin at a Hummer that was parked in a handicap space and it bores a hole through the side door. The inconsiderate jackass from “Hollyweird” takes off his sunglasses in disbelief. “You can’t park here” says Freak. Jackass drives away.)

Nice, who else we got?

“Meet Jeff Fisher, explosives—

Finally, this entire piece is a brilliant bit of writing from Kenneth Arthur about Terrell Lewis and him being drafted to the L.A. Rams. If you take the time to read it, you just might realize that I’m quoted a few times in the article.

Because what else are blogs for if not shameless self-promotion?

That’s it for today.

Roll Tide!