Editor’s note: Each day between now and Alabama's date with Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, we will review the season for a key Crimson Tide player or coach and attempt to project what’s next for him. Today we’ll look at right tackle D.J. Fluker.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said there is no way his offense can avoid Irish linebackerManti Te'o, and the Tide don't plan to scheme away from the Heisman Trophy finalist during the BCS national championship game."The style of player that he is, there's no rhyme or reason," Saban said of Te'o. "He can take on blocks, he's physical, he's tough and very instinctive and he runs well and covers the field well. There's no saying, 'OK, we're going to run at the guy' or 'We're going to run away from the guy' because he's effective either way. That's why he's such a good player."
Our B/R in Miami series already previewed how Notre Dame's offense can attack Alabama's defense when the two heavyweights meet in Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 7 in the BCS National Championship Game. But will the vaunted front seven of the Fighting Irish slow down Alabama's two-headed rushing attack featuring 1,000-yard backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon? Barrett Sallee, Marc Kohn, Adam Kramer, Michael Felder and Elika Sadeghi preview the Notre Dame defense vs. the Alabama offense in this edition of "The Program."