Meet Alabama’s Next Great Defensive Line Duo, Da’Ron Payne and Da’Shawn Hand

Posted by Christopher Walsh on April-26-2016 Add Comments

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The switch was difficult enough, but what happened next was borderline unfair.

Coming off a successful redshirt freshmen year, when despite his age he landed a starting job at left guard on the University of Alabama’s offensive line, Ross Pierschbacher was moved to center to see if he could handle the position during the spring.

That first practice he lined up across a 6’2”, 319-pound player who wouldn’t be holding back anything. It was the perfect football example of baptism under fire.

“It’s been fr...

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