I really didn’t give much thought to Tide guard Chance Warmack turning pro, but evidently he did, and has decided to return next year.
Only one starter from this year’s unit is for-sure gone: senior center William Vlachos. Left guard Warmack stepped up big this year and will return along with right tackle D.J. Fluker (who also recently announced he’ll return) and right guard Anthony Steen. Cyrus Kouandjio, who returns from a knee injury, looks to be the left tackle.
Consensus All-American Barrett Jones is also a good bet to return. The scuttlebutt has been that Jones may return and play center. If that happens, the Tide will have one heckuva solid offensive line and the unit will definitely be a major strength of the 2012 team.