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The Greenville Standard


Today, I will discuss the middle guards for Alabama during the Wishbone era.

For the first three years of the Wishbone Era, Alabama ran a four man front. In 1974, they ran a five man front, until the end of the era.

Gus White (1974-76) was from Dothan. He was built like a fireplace and a great run stopper.

Terry Jones (1977) was from Sandersville, Ga. He started two years at center and then converted to middle guard his senior year. He went on to play for the Green Bay Packers.

Warren Lyles (1978-81), from Pinson, started as a true freshman. He was Defensive MVP for the 1981 Cotton Bowl, which Alabama won 30-2 over Baylor. He also played on two National Championship Teams and three SEC Championship teams.

Mike Rodriguez (1982) was from Orlando, Fla. He was the number one prospect at fullback his senior year in high school. He was converted to middle guard and was the last starter in the Wishbone Era. He was built like a fireplug.

Next time, I will discuss linebackers during the Wishbone Era.

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