Lindsay, a redshirt junior from The Woodlands, Texas, filled in for the injured Ryan Kelly, who suffered a knee injury in the first half of the Tide’s game against Ole Miss.
“He’s done a great job. He’s doing a really good job of communicating,” Tide quarterback AJ McCarron said. “I know that he doesn’t have as much game experience as Kelly so I try to help him as much as possible. He’s been doing a really good job. He’s like a tree stump in there. He’s a big boy. He’s done a really good job though. Proud of him.”
Added left guard Arie Kouandjio: “He was really good with communication, which is something we always try to focus on. He did a good job and it was a lot of fun playing with him.”
Lindsay’s father, Duff Lindsay, said Chad’s demeanor didn’t change throughout the week even though he knew he was going to be a starter.
Duff cited the team’s preparation as the main factor for Chad’s level head the week leading into the game and said he was proud of Chad’s performance.
“Chad had real good technique, good drive and he was making really good calls up front,” Duff said. “The real key is to make sure he’s communicating well with all the other players and I think he did a good job with that.”
But what makes Chad such a good offensive lineman?
“His smarts, number one,” Duff said. “He’s been playing football since he was a kid and he’s a student of the game. He continues to learn. He has a real good offensive line coach (Mario Cristobal). Chad went to a lot of camps as a kid and got started with his technique at an early age.”
Duff, who played offensive line at Mississippi State from 1977-1980, said Chad learned everything from him up to about the eighth grade, but since then, he’s allowed Chad’s coaches to coach while he supports his son.
“So many things have changed over the last 35 years, and I’ve already had my chance,” Duff said. “He’s having his opportunity to live his dream now and as parents, it’s our job as parents to be supportive.”
With Kelly out at least another week, Lindsay will have more time to get acclimated with the starting role. Now that he’s the starter, defenses will devise game plans to confuse him, but his teammates are confident he’ll be able to handle anything thrown at him.
“He does his job. He’s pretty good and we’re comfortable with him,” left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said. “We’re glad to have him. He’s a good player, he’s very verbal and does what he’s supposed to, does what’s necessary.”