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Warmack plays with mean streak

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Former Alabama guard Chance Warmack carries a chip on his shoulder and plays with a mean streak that his fellow linemen and running back loved.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide guard Chance Warmack enjoys playing offensive line, even if it is not considered a glamorous position.

Why?

Because, at 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, Warmack says, “I’m not a glamorous person. I love being mean. That’s what I like.”

Warmack said it isn't hard for him to change from being calm off the field to a more aggressive person on it.

“You just get into that zone and you just block everything out,” he said. “You know what you have to do, and you have to execute on the play. Whoever’s playing against you is the enemy. I don’t know them and they don’t know me. It’s fair game.

“As I got to college, I kind of understood it a little bit better in terms of no mercy. It’s not play. This is a real game, and I think that’s the mentality that you’re going to have to have going to the next level.”

Warmack attributed his level of intensity on the field to the system coach Nick Saban has developed at Alabama.

“Off the field, which I think is more important, everybody who graduated or is leaving the team this year has the mentality of trying to be the best at their position, no matter where they get drafted,” Warmack said. “I feel like a lot of players have a chip on their shoulder, even though we won the National Championship. We all want to strive to be the best players at our positions. That’s just the mentality that we have at that school and that program that Coach Saban instilled in us.”

That mean streak Saban helped cultivate within Warmack allowed the Crimson Tide to win back-to-back National Championships, and three over his four seasons in Tuscaloosa. He also blocked for the top running backs taken in each of the last two NFL Drafts, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in 2011, and Heisman Finalist Trent Richardson in 2012.

“I can get under players very well without a lot of difficulty,” Warmack said of his 6-2 frame. “That’s just technique, technique from my coaches, Coach Joe Pendry and Coach Jeff Stoutland, they do a really good job of just explaining how to take a step and exploding on your second step. I’m taking that with me, wherever I go.”

Warmack’s play on the field and desire to be the best guard on the field at all times has impressed two of his former teammates and 2013 NFL Draft hopefuls in right tackle D.J. Fluker and running back Eddie Lacy.

“Chance is a physical guard,” Fluker said. “He’s probably one of the best guards here. What makes him special? The nastiness that he’s got, that’s the main thing. He’s aggressive and lets you know he dominated you (when) walking back and looking you in the face like that, coming back to the huddle.”

Lacy, who rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns behind Warmack and Fluker in 2012, said, “Chance is my favorite lineman. Off the field, when we’re on the sidelines, he’s one of the coolest dudes ever, but when it’s time to go in and get some reps during the game, he’s different. He’s just a different person, and whoever gets in his way, they’re going to move or get run over; one of the two.”

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