NEW YORK, NY (WIAT) – Alabama Offensive Tackle D.J. Fluker was selected 11th overall in the NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Fluker elected to forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. He was a part of an offensive line that helped the Crimson Tide average 227.5 yards per game on the ground.
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• Walter Camp & AP second-team All-American
• First team All-SEC selection
• Has logged 35 career starts at right tackle
• Has missed only 11 assignments (98.6%) in 728 snaps this season (only two penalties)
2012 (JUNIOR): Veteran of 35 career starts who has started all 13 games in 2012, at right tackle … Walter Camp and Associated Press second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection (from the league coaches) … has graded out at 98.6 percent on assignments, missing only 11 in 728 plays … average weekly grade of 89.4 percent (eight games of 90-plus) … second on the team with 33 pancake blocks … has allowed only four sacks, in 267 pass attempts … has blocked for eight individual 100-yard rushing performances this season and 23 in his career … has helped open holes for 224.6 yards of rushing offense per game (20th nationally) and 439.1 of total offense (40th nationally).Michigan: Helped open holes for 232 yards on the ground and 431 yards of total offense … T.J. Yeldon (111) became the first Alabama freshman to rush for over 100 yards in his debut game. Western Kentucky: Part of line that blocked for 328 yards of total offense in 35-0 shutout. Arkansas: Helped block for 438 yards of total offense (225 rushing) … member of offensive line that did not allow a sack. Florida Atlantic: Earned offensive player of the week honors from Alabama coaching staff … graded out at 92 percent and did not miss an assignment … helped the Crimson Tide turn in another impressive show of balance in 40-7 win over the Owls (256 yards rushing, 247 passing) … helped block for Eddie Lacy’s 106 yards, on only 15 first-half carries. Mississippi:Alabama offensive player of the week … did not miss an assignment … helped block for 305 yards of total offense while providing the time for AJ McCarron to complete 73 percent of his passes and two scores. Missouri: Part of Alabama offense that broke out for 533 total yards of offense (362 on the ground) … season-high seven pancake blocks … provided some of the holes for two 100-yards rushers, with career highs from Lacy (177) and Yeldon (144).Tennessee: Helped provide the holes and the time for the Alabama offense to amass 539 yards of total offense … helped protect the right side of the line for McCarron, who passed for 306 yards and four touchdowns … opened some of the holes for Yeldon’s 129-yard, 2-TD day. Mississippi State: Helped block for an offense that totaled 400-plus yards for the third straight game … graded out at 93 percent by the coaches … member of line that provided time for McCarron to toss two touchdowns, also opening some of the holes for two rushing scores.LSU: One of Alabama’s offensive players of the week … graded out at 89 percent and did not allow a sack … helped keep a bruised McCarron upright in a 21-17 come-from-behind road victory over the No. 5 Tigers … provided plenty of time to pass on the game-winning drive that covered 72 yards (all in the air) in only 43 seconds, capped by 28-yard touchdown pass to Yeldon … part of line that blocked for 165 rushing yards, with Lacy averaging 7.5 yards per rush (TD) and Yeldon averaging 6.9. Texas A&M: Provided time for McCarron, who threw for 309 yards and a touchdown … helped open holes for Lacy to rush for 92 yards on 16 carries (5.8 per rush) … missed only one assignment in 66 snaps and had two pancake blocks … posted a team-high grade of 94 percent, his highest grade of the season. Western Carolina: It was a short but successful day for the offensive line starters, exiting late in the second quarter with a 35-0 lead … graded out at 93 percent with no missed assignments, penalties or sacks allowed … helped block for four rushing touchdowns (three by Lacy) … part of an offensive unit that rushed for 300 yards. Auburn: Did not allow a sack as the Tide rolled up 483 yards of total offense and scored 49 points … played only one series in the third quarter, during 49-0 win … helped block for Lacy’s 131-yard, two-touchdown performance … had three pancake blocks. Georgia: Opened holes for an SEC Championship Game record 350 rushing yards … helped both Eddie Lacy (181 yards) and T.J. Yeldon (153) rush for career highs … did not miss an assignment or allow a sack and had three pancake blocks.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): D.J. Fluker started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide at right tackle … helped Alabama rank 16th nationally running the football with an average of 214.5 yards per game while ranking 20th nationally in scoring offense with 34.9 points per game and 31st in total offense (429.6 ypg) … ranked 26th nationally in sacks allowed at 1.31 per game … helped open holes for 34 rushing touchdowns … blocked for 14 100-yard rushers in his career, including 10 this season. Kent State: Helped clear the way for 183 yards rushing, including 134 rushing and receiving yards from Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson’s three rushing touchdowns. Penn State: Blocked for 196 rushing yards while not allowing a sack to the talented Nittany Lion front seven … helped Richardson account for 111 yards and two touchdowns.North Texas: Opened holes for a season-high 347 rushing yards including 100-yard games from Trent Richardson(167) and Eddie Lacy (161) … Richardson found the end zone three times while Lacy scored twice … at quarterback, AJ McCarron had time to complete 71.4 percent of his passes. Arkansas: Was a force on the right side of the line, paving the way for Trent Richardson to rush for 126 yards and the team to compile 197 rushing yards … provided the time for AJ McCarron to pass for an efficient 15-of-20 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Florida: Cleared a path for 226 rushing yards in the 38-10 win over the Gators as Richardson went for a career-best 181 yards and two touchdowns … also helped the Tide not surrender a sack. Vanderbilt: Opened holes for Richardson’s fifth 100-yard rushing game and 419 yards of total offense … provided time for McCarron to throw four touchdowns. Mississippi: Paved the way for Alabama to amass 389 yards on the ground … provided the holes for two 100-yard rushers in Trent Richardson (183 yards) and Jalston Fowler (125 yards). Tennessee: Helped Alabama compile 437 yards of total offense in the win against the Volunteers … provided the time for quarterback AJ McCarron to throw for a career-high 284 yards. LSU: Helped Alabama total 295 yards of total offense against the Tigers defense … provided the time for AJ McCarron to throw for 199 yards. Mississippi State: Provided the holes for Trent Richardson to once again surpass the 100-yard mark … paved the way for the team to accumulate 223 yards on the ground, including 96 by Eddie Lacy.Georgia Southern: Helped the Tide amass 272 yards rushing while Richardson went for 175 yards and two scores … did not allow a sack. Auburn: Helped pave the way for Richardson to rush for 203 yards … helped provide the time for McCarron to complete 78 percent of his passes and toss three touchdowns. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Slowed the LSU pass rush, allowing McCarron to throw for 234 yards while plowing through the Tigers’ defensive front to open holes for 150 yards on the ground … the 384 yards of total offense by the Tide was the most allowed by LSU this season … cleared a path for Richardson to rush for 96 yards — also the most allowed to a single rusher by the Tigers in 2011 — and a touchdown.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Fluker played in 10 games and earned the start in nine contests at the right tackle position … earned Freshman All-SEC honors from the league coaches … missed four starts and three games due to a groin injury at South Carolina in early October … helped pave the way for four 100-yard rushing games by Alabama … helped a line that finished 29th nationally in rushing offense at 182.92 yards per game. San Jose State: In his first career start, he helped provide the holes for the Tide to rush for a total of 272 yards, including 113 by Eddie Lacy … helped provide the time for quarterback Greg McElroy to complete 13-of-16 passes. Penn State: Was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the coaching staff … helped make the blocks for Trent Richardson to become the Penn State opponent back first in 18 games to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Nittany Lions as he accounted for 147 of the 180 total rushing yards. Duke:In his third start, he helped Alabama amass 315 yards on the ground … provided room for Mark Ingram to scamper for 151 yards … sealed the right side of the line for Ingram to bust off a 48-yard run on the first play from scrimmage … provided the time for Greg McElroy to throw for three touchdowns. Arkansas: Helped pave the way for the Tide to rush for 227 yards against the Razorbacks, including 157 yards by Mark Ingram. Florida: Helped provide the blocks for the Tide to rush for 170 yards against Florida. South Carolina: Started for the sixth time at right tackle … left in the second half due to a groin injury. Mississippi: Missed the game due to a groin injury. Mississippi State:Made his return from injury … came off the bench to play at right tackle. Georgia State: Earned his first start since coming back from injury … helped pave the way for the Tide to rush for 262 yards and amass 478 yards of total offense … was part of an offensive line unit that did not allow a sack. Auburn: Earned the start at right tackle and helped provide the time for Greg McElroy to throw for 377 yards and the team compile 446 yards of total offense. Michigan State: Started and played well from his spot at right tackle in a commanding 49-7 win over the Spartans … UA rushed for 275 yards — the most since the third game of the season — and totaled 546 yards of total offense, which was the third-highest total of the year.
2009 (REDSHIRT): Redshirted during his initial season at Alabama.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Fluker was one of the elite offensive tackles in the 2009 recruiting class … a Parade All-American … USA Today All-American … U.S. Army All-American … EA Sports First-Team All-American … SuperPrep All-American … ranked No. 3 in the Rivals.com and No. 12 in the ESPNU 150 … a five-star recruit by Rivals.com … also ranks as the top offensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com and ESPNU … the No. 2 player in The Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … top-ranked player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com … ranked 25th nationally by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football while garnering All-America honors from Lemming as well … a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA and The Birmingham News … rated No. 1 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list … on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team … SuperPrep’s No. 7 offensive lineman and the publication’s No. 4 player in Alabama … No. 1 on The Mobile Press-Register’s Elite 18 … a member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 … played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic … ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle by Scout.com and No. 103 overall … in his first year at offensive tackle, graded out at 92 percent with 60 pancake blocks and 28 knockdowns … recorded 78 tackles and seven sacks as a defensive tackle in 2007 at Biloxi (Miss.) High School … coached by Todd Watson … chose Alabama over Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida, Clemson and Florida State.