Tide's Cody tries to expand role, shrink waistline

By Carl Prather cprather@waff.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -Terrence Cody wants to be more than a

Alabama's massive nose guard has lost some 15 pounds from his
massive frame during the offseason and hopes to shed another 10 or

The 6-foot-5 Cody weighed in at about 355 pounds when the
Crimson Tide opened fall camp on Thursday, same as in the spring.
His presence in the middle helped Alabama forge the nation's No.
2 run defense.

But when it came time for third down and passing situations,
Cody typically headed to the bench. He was credited with only half
a sack last season.

Coach Nick Saban said if the Tide started the season today, Cody
would still not be in on third downs. But Saban said Cody has made
some progress.

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