Alabama Roster Has Some Omissions
The Alabama football media guide was distributed to sports reporters at the Southeastern Conference Media Days event, which began in Hoover (suburban Birmingham) Wednesday. The publication lists most players expected to be on the squad this year, a total of 115. Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban said last spring that he limits the squad size to about 120, which he said is "adequate."
Bama players report for fall camp on Aug. 4 and begin practice Aug. 5. A team may have up to 105 on the fall camp roster. When classes begin (Aug. 24 at Alabama) the roster can be expanded.
Alabama's first game is Sept. 3 when the Crimson Tide hosts Kent State at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Sept. 3 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Not listed in the media guide are the two players who had been announced as suspended, defensive end Darrington Sentimore of Norco, La., and wide receiver Keiwone Malone of Memphis.
Also not listed is redshirt freshman middle linebacker Petey Smith of Tampa.
Saban had indicated safeties Wesley Neighbors and Kendall Kelly and defensive lineman Kerry Murphy, who missed spring practice with injury, might not be able to return, and none is on the media guide roster.
There had been speculation that Michael Bowman, a 6-4, 225 sophomore, might move from wide receiver to tight end, but Bowman is listed as a wide receiver in the media guide.
One player who could be making a position move is Blake Sims. The talented redshirt freshman from Gainesville, Ga., has spent time at wide receiver, defensive back, running back, and quarterback in his first year at Alabama. In the spring he was at quarterback for what Saban called insurance as the Tide has only three scholarshipped quarterbacks -- third year sophomore A.J. McCarron, redshirt freshman Phillip Sims, and true freshman Phillip Ely, who entered Bama last winter.
Now there is speculation Sims will move to tailback, where the Tide has had severe summer attrition -- transfers by Demetrius Goode and Corey Grant and what is thought to be a season-ending knee injury to Dee Hart. In any event, Sims would be expected to see time at wildcat.
The media guide roster doesn't give a hint. Sims is listed as ATH -- athlete.
Sims were number 18 in the spring but is number 6 on the media guide roster.
Here are numbers for Alabama newcomers, including those who participated in spring practice:
21 running back Brent Calloway
8 wide receiver Duron Carter
6 defensive back Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix
33 linebacker Trey DePriest
90 defensive lineman Quinton Dial
47 linebacker-defensive lineman Xzavier Dickson
12 quarterback Phillip Ely
85 tight end Malcom Faciane
44 defensive lineman LaMichael Fanning
22 defensive back Christion Jones
70 offensive lineman Ryan Kelly
71 offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio
51 defensive lineman Wilson Love
68 offensive lineman Issac Luatua
8 defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan
57 defensive lineman D.J. Pettway
80 wide receiver Marvin Shinn
3 defensive back Vinnie Sunseri
16 wide receiver Bradley Sylve
26 defensive back Jabriel Washington
54 defensive lineman Jesse Williams
13 wide receiver Danny Woodson
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