Rosters Released For A-Day Game

Want to know who is leading the race for quarterback based on the A-Day rosters released Thursday afternoon? Sophomore A.J. McCarron is listed with the Crimson team that has first team offense and second team defensive players. But so is redshirt freshman Phillip Sims. And both are listed with the White team, which has the first team defense and second team offense.

Alabama will play the A-Day Game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The annual game is the last of 15 spring practice dates, the third scrimmage event, and the only one open to the public. There is no admission charge and ESPNU will televise the contest nationally.

The roster gives only generic positions (OL, Offensive Line, for instance, instead of LT, Left Tackle), so there are a couple of areas that will bear watching Saturday. Of course, Bama Coach Nick Saban still has a summer of off-season workouts and a fall camp before he has to determine starters and a depth chart.

The Crimson team includes Trent Richardson at tailback, Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze at wide receiver spots, and Michael Williams and Brad Smelley as tight ends (Smelley is usually an H-back).

The offensive line for the Crimson team is interesting. It includes William Vlachos, Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones, and D.J. Fluker, all returning starters at center, left and right guard, and right tackle. Conventional wisdom had it that Alfred McCullough and Aaron Douglas were battling it out for the left tackle spot, but both of them are on the White team. Jones worked at left tackle in Tuesday's practice and Steen has worked at guard.

The White defense includes safeties Robert Lester, Will Lowery, and Mark Barron (Barron has not been having contact and Lowery was his replacement in the Capital One Bowl); cornerbacks Dee Milliner and Dre Kirkpatrick, who were starters last year, and Dequan Menzie, who has gotten good reviews from Saban this spring; linebackers Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower, Nico Johnson, and Jerrell Harris, who are the returning starters, and C.J. Mosley, who has been a statistical leader in scrimmages; and defensive linemen Josh Chapman, Damion Square, and Darrington Sentimore, who have been most mentioned.

Cade Foster is placekicker for the Crimson and Jeremy Shelley for the White. Cody Mandell is punter for the White, Jay Williams for the Crimson.

Coaches for the Crimson team are Jim McElwain, Burton Burns, Jeff Stoutland, Sal Sunseri, and Chris Rumph. White team coaches are Kirby Smart, Jeremy Pruitt, Bobby Williams, and Mike Groh.

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