MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.—Chance Warmack is a key ingredient in moving Alabama's offense down the field, but the senior left guard and potential first-round NFL draft pick only learned how to drive—a car that is—three months ago.
"I'm just lazy," he said, laughing. "I had a whole bunch of friends who could drive me around, so I didn't ever wanna get my license. But I got it now."
Warmack's grandfather, Virgil Sanders, lives in Mobile, Ala., which is three-and-a-half hours south of Tuscaloosa. When Warmack would visit, Sanders would take him to an empty parking lot to learn the rules of the road.
Back at school, Warmack said some of his teammates would practice with him, but it came at a cost. His offensive line brethren, especially D.J. Fluker, Barrett Jones and Cyrus Kouandjio, would mess with him.
"I always try to clown on him when I get the opportunity, so it was a blessing when I heard he didn't have his license," Kouandjio said. "It just opened up a whole wardrobe of jokes."
Kouandjio wouldn't reveal the jokes in question, saying they "weren't appropriate for the media," but he did tease that he'd only drive Warmack around if he asked nicely by saying please. "And then I'd think about it," he said.
Asked if getting in the passenger seat of Warmack's car after he got his license made him nervous, Kouandjio said, smiling, "He's a scary guy, so I only trust him if he drives really slow and careful. I just put my seatbelt on and close my eyes…Nah, it's not bad at all."
For the past four years, Fluker has been Warmack's main chauffeur since the two, who both came to Alabama in 2009, are best friends.
"I'd be like, ‘Hey bro, you gotta learn how to drive, man," Fluker said. "He made me drive everywhere. I felt like I was James Bond in the car. But I mean, he learned eventually, and I'm proud of him for that."
Now Warmack is paying his dues by driving Fluker everywhere, the right tackle said.
So with this new skill still fresh, the question had to be asked: Can Warmack parallel park?
"God no," Fuker said, laughing. "God no. He cannot."
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