Brown worked with the first offensive line group during Tuesday’s practice. The Tide usually sets its lineup two days before a game. Anthony Steen, the starting right guard in 11 of 12 regular-season games, is out with a shoulder injury.
“Leon’s been playing great. … He’ll be a little bit nervous at first, because it’ll be his first start, but once the first play is over with you kind of zone everything out," Tide right tackle Austin Shepherd said. "So I think he’ll be fine. He’ll have two people around him who have started in me and Ryan (Kelly) so we’ll be able to calm him down if anything happens.”
Kelly, the starting center, said Brown’s versatility will help him in this situation.
“I think he’s played left tackle, right tackle, now guard so I mean, he’s a big versatile guy,” Kelly said. “You know, he’s actually learned the offense pretty quick. He’s not been here very long. He’s been good to play next to, you know, him, and we’ve been rotating a couple guys in there, and I think the stability of the previous offensive line when another guy comes in there, it kind of just molds.”