Stoutland’s Message To OL: ‘Make Your Opponent Feel You’

INDIANAPOLIS — D.J. Fluker couldn’t stand still.

The Alabama offensive lineman bounced from side to side, talking fast, but providing insightful responses as beads of sweat formed on his forehead.

“I’m always like this,” Fluker said. “I’m the high-energy guy on that team.”

What do you do to relax?

“There’s no time to relax. Every day to me is a work day. I want to be the Ray Lewis of my offensive line.”

Alabama’s offensive line has a strong presence at the NFL Combine. Guard Chance Warmack is unanimously considered a first-round pick. Fluker, who played right tackle last year, but is also getting a look at guard, is considered a first- or second-rounder. And versatile interior lineman Barrett Jones is projected to go off the board in the first round rounds.

All three, of course, were coached by Jeff Stoutland, now the Eagles’ offensive line coach.

“He taught me a lot as far as reading safeties, reading coverages, that’s our job,” Fluker said. “Being more aggressive at the point of attack. Drive people off the ball. Finish them. Make them feel you. That’s the main thing. Make your opponent feel you. Let them know early. Set the tone early, that’s the main thing.”

How is Stoutland different from other coaches?

“Couch Stoutland was one of those guys that, he wanted your effort,” Fluker added. “He wanted your best every time at practice. He finds guys, calls them catfish – the guy that’s going to jump out the water and give you everything they’ve got on every play. He looks for those type of guys.”

Fluker measured in at 6-5, 339 pounds on Friday and has long arms (36 3/4 inches). Asked what the most fun thing to do on a football field is, he responded, “Knocking the defensive end down. Dominate them every single play. Let them know this ball’s coming right behind me.”

During his interview, Fluker said he’s spent time watching and studying Jason Peters and Anthony Munoz.

Known as a player who never stops talking, Fluker was asked what he says to opposing defensive ends.

“I’m saying to you, ‘Hey, I’m coming to take your lunch money,'” he responded.

“When I’ve got them on skates, I finish ‘em. Kind of like Mortal Kombat.”

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  • Ig_l

    “I’m coming to take your lunch money,”

    Howie: Give me 5 of these guys please.

    • Corry

      Yeah, that’s the mentality I want in all my offensive linemen. They need to be bullies. I love it.

      • GGeagle

        I just fell in love

        • Blaise

          Just watched his combine video and couldn’t agree more. BEAST!

          • Geagle

            What I like about Fluker, is people like him as an OT, but some very smart people seem to think he can be an all pro guard, which is really what we need. Put Herremans next to a top guard, and Todd is all the Tackle we need

  • theycallmerob

    I’m hoping we grab one of these bama guys, maybe with the 2nd rd pick. STUDS

  • LostInChiTown

    “Asked what the most fun thing to do on a football field is, he responded, ‘Knocking the defensive end down. Dominate them every single play. Let them know this ball’s coming right behind me.'”

    Man I miss that attitude on this team.

    • nicksaenz1

      Makes me miss Runyan

  • Blaise

    Big. Ugly. Nasty. O-Line FTW!