Alabama lineman Anthony Steen to miss Sugar Bowl

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Alabama senior offensive lineman Anthony Steen is expected to miss the Allstate Sugar Bowl after he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum, virtually ending his career with the Crimson Tide.

Steen, a guard, was the only senior starting on the Crimson Tide’s offensive line this season as Alabama averaged 212 rushing yards per game. It also has guarded quarterback AJ McCarron to the tune of just 10 sacks, down from 23 last season.

Coach Nick Saban could elevate redshirt freshman Alphonse Taylor or Chad Lindsay could move from center when the No. 3 Crimson Tide take on No. 11 Oklahoma on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.

Senior backup Kellen Williams and true freshman Grant Hill, who played tackle this season but was signed out of high school as the top-rated guard in the country, also are possibilities.

“Anthony’s played really, really well for us all year long,” Tide coach Nick Saban said of Steen in mid-November. “He’s been really consistent in his performance. I think that a lot of the players respect him.

“Even though he may not be a rah-rah guy in a lot of ways, I do think he has a significant impact on that group, and he has been a good leader for us on this team,” Saban added.

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