When kicking extra points and field goals, Tide line makes a shift

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — If you watch Alabama line up for extra points and field goals, you might notice a switch from the way the Tide normally sets its offensive line.

D.J. Fluker will move from right tackle to left tackle, while Cyrus Kouandjio will switch from left tackle to right tackle.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said there’s a reason for that.

“When you’re stepping down inside, you actually change your stance,” he said. “So if you play left tackle, you play in a left-hand stance. But if you stayed at left tackle (for extra points and field goals), you would play in a right-hand stance, because you interlock with your inside foot down and your inside hand back.

“So if you want a guy to play in the same stance he’s used to playing in, you just put him on the other side. That make sense to anybody besides me?”

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