Notes On 2012 Tide Football Media Guide

As had been expected and announced in various ways, three troubled wide receivers are no longer a part of the Alabama football team based on the roster in the 2012 Crimsodn Tide media guide that was given to reporters at the beginning of Southeastern Conference Media Days Tuesday.

During the summer, Alabama Coach Nick Saban was reported to have told a group of business partners that Duron Carter would not be a part of the team. He had been ineligible in 2011 and suspended during spring practice.

Two other wide receivers, Ronald Carswell and Michael Bowman, were suspended late last season and through the spring. Neither is on the media guide roster, and Bowman has been reported as now enrolled at Alabama State.

(Auburn has Alabama State on its schedule this year and now faces the prospect of playing against pretty good skill position players in Bowman and Isaiah Crowell, who was dismissed at Georgia after having been arrested on a weapons charge.)

Alabama is a little short of quarterbacks with the only scholarshipped men returning starter A.J. McCarron, redshirt freshman Philip Ely, and true freshman Alex Morris. Although Saban has said there will be a package for Blake Sims – almost certainly from wildcat – Sims is listed as a running back.

The numbers of newcomers, many established in the spring for those who arrived in January, are:

4 T.J. Yeldon, 5 Chris Black, 7 Ryan Anderson, 9 Amari Cooper, 9 Travell Dixon, 11 Alec Morris, 13 Deion Belue, 15 Eddie Williams, 17 Kenyan Drake, 18 Reggie Ragland, 24 Gene Smith, 25 Cyrus Jones, 25 Dillon Lee, 26 Landon Collins, 30 Denzel Devall, 36 Tyler Hayes, 41 Kurt Freitag, 50 Alphones Taylor (who is listed as both a defensive and offensive lineman), 52 Dalvin Tomlinson, 58 Brandon Greene, 73 Brandon Hill, 74 Caleb Gulledge, 85 Korren Kirven, 94 Dakota Ball, 95 Darren Lake, and 99 Adam Griffith.

Returning non-scholarshipped players listed in the media guide are:

Wide reciver Parker Barrineau, defensive back Jerrod Bierbower, defensive back Huner Bush, defensive back Caleb Castille, defensive back Levi Cook, linebacker Josh Dickerson, kicker Dillon Drake, quarterback Dustin Ellison, linebacker Rowdy Harrell, running back Ben Howell, offensive lineman Aaron Joiner, fullback Tommy Keys, twide receiver Nathan McAlister, tighe end Corey McCarron, defensive back Taylor Morton, defensive lineman Michael Newsome, tight end Michael Nysewander, linebacker Tyler Owens, defensive back Parker Philpot, wide receiver Marcus Polk, offensive lineman Russell Raines, quarerback Ty Reed, snapper M.K. GTaylor, punter Wilson Whorton, snapper Matt Wilkinson, and wide receiver Nick Williams.

There's a new staff member listed. Paul Gonnello is Bama's new director of player personnel. He has previously served on staffs at North Carolina, Tennessee, Miami, Memphis, and Purdue, from whence he came to Alabama.

Want to know an emphasis of recruiting? Some 19 pages in the 208-page media guide (the number of pages set by NCAA rule) are devoted to Alabama players in the NFL, and particularly the NFL draft. The inside back cover is a photograph of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with 2012 first round draft choices from Alabama Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Dont'a Hightower.

Alabama once again has four different editions of the book with different covers on each.'

The one we received had Damion Square on the cover and C.J. Mosley and Nico Johnson on the back cover.

Others are:

AJ McCarron, C.J. Fluker, and Chance Warmack on the front with Michael Williams on the back.

Robert Lester on the front and Jesse Williams and Dee Milliner on the back.

Barrett Jones on the front and Eddie Lacy on the back.

Saban will be at SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey in Hoover on Thursday. Also being interviewed with be Tide players Jones, Michael Williams, and Square.

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