November 26, 2007

Love caps stellar senior season

The Mountain Brook Spartans capped off a stellar season last Friday night thanks in large part to the overpowering force of five-star offensive tackle Tyler Love. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound dominated the opposition all season long and lived up to his ranking as the nation's No. 6 offensive tackle.

Love and the Spartans ended their season last weekend with a playoff loss to mighty Spain Park but the enormous lineman said he and his teammates were pleased overall with the way the season turned out.

"We got off to a slow start but it was a great adventure for us. It was exciting and hard but we believed in each other and our coaches the whole time and it paid off. The loss to Spain Park was a tough, hard-fought battle. They won it fair and square but we had a great season," Love said. "Our goal this year was to make the playoffs, which we did. As a team we continued to get better all year and all of our hard work paid off when we did that. Winning two playoff games was great. We have nothing to hang our heads about.

"For me, most of my goals were team oriented and as a unit I think the offensive line got better every week which was awesome for us. I wanted us to have a strong showing this year since it was my senior season and we achieved that."

With his high school career behind him, Love will now set his sights on his future career as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Love said he was not surprised that the Tide struggled this season and believes that despite the tough end to the season, the program is heading into 2008 with plenty of optimism.

"I thought Alabama might struggle at times this year. You had all the players learning a new system and people need to realize it takes time to learn that system and get the right players in there. Coach Saban and his staff did a great job but it was unrealistic for people to think they would be on top of a great conference like the SEC right away," Love said. "The season had it's up and downs and they didn't finish the way they wanted to but they handled it well. The high of the year was the Tennessee game and after that they had some tough losses where they just didn't pull them out.

"I don't have any doubts that Alabama is headed in the right direction. We are going to have a great recruiting class and next year the players will be a year more experienced. The Alabama staff is going to do a great job."

In addition to finishing up in the classroom and enjoying the rest of his senior year of high school, Love will also have another chance to show off his football prowess before arriving in Tuscaloosa.

"I was selected to the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game but my coaches wanted me to take that week off because we had such a long season and I haven't had a break since the summer," Love said. "On January 5 I will be in the Under Armour All-America game. Other than that I will be finishing my senior year and getting ready for Alabama."

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