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July 3, 2012

Bozeman wants to strengthen pass-blocking

TUSCALOOSA | Handley High School offensive tackle Bradley Bozeman has known he wanted to play at the University of Alabama for quite some time. The talented lineman was the first Alabama commitment for the 2013 class and has been 100 percent committed to the Crimson Tide since.

While other recruits have spent their time running around to different colleges, Bozeman's early commitment has allowed him to focus solely on getting ready for his senior season.

"You're not going here or there, having to worry about every weekend getting from place to place," Bozeman said. "You're committed, you're where you want to be, and you don't have to worry about the rest."

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Bozeman is a tenacious run-blocker and was an anchor on the Class 3A championship team last season. Bozeman said he plans to work on strengthening his pass-blocking in 2012 as he hopes to lead the Tigers in the team's title defense.

"I'm hoping for a repeat season, going 15-0," Bozeman said. "We want to win a state championship. We are going to have to work hard and not get a big head. All my teammates are capable of it. I believe we have a real good chance of winning it again."

Bozeman's job this season will be to block for senior running back Duran Zachary, who took home MVP honors in Handley's 20-14 win against Madison Academy in the Class 3A championship. The humble Bozeman said it was an honor to have such a talented running back to block for and is certain Zachary will continue his success this season.

"He's got big shoulders and big legs and can squat over 600 pounds," Bozeman said. "He is just a tremendous athlete, and it's just great to have a running back like that who knows what to do."

While Bozeman anxiously awaits the day he suits up for the Crimson Tide, he said he will be patient and not overlook what he and his teammates have set out to accomplish in his senior season.

"Coach Saban and the rest of the staff have told me to focus on my game right now," Bozeman said. "My high school team comes first. I'm going to play for them and play my heart out and show them what I can really do by the end of the year. I want to show Alabama what they are working with when I finally come in."

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