Tide Depth Chart Has Few Surprises
In some cases, there has been a curiosity about Alabama first team players, but for the most part the official depth chart issued by Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban fills in the blanks behind the starters. And after Bama plays Michigan in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, Saturday night, it is likely there will be a new – and unannounced – depth chart for the second game.
Among the more notable positions on the depth chart were:
Redshirt freshman Phillip Ely is listed second team at quarterback behind starter A.J. McCarron.
As Saban points out, "'or' means ‘or'," and some positions list various possibilities. Eddie Lacy, who had been limited in practice owing to a turf toe surgery recovery and ankle and knee problems, is listed number one at tailback. Behind is his one of those "or" situations, either Jalston Fowler or T.J. Yeldon.
Walk-on Kelly Johnson is a bit of a surprise as the number one H-back, ahead of Harrison Jones and Brent Calloway.
The offense lists three wide receivers with DeAndrew White ahead of Amari Cooper at split end, Kevin Norwood ahead of Kenny Bell at flanker, and Christion Jones ahead of Cyrus Jones at slot.
It was a mild surprise that Chad Lindsay was listed as the back-up left guard to Chance Warmack. Alphonse Taylor had been regarded as the likely number two.
As expected, the first team cornerbacks are Dee Milliner and Deion Belue with John Fulton and Geno Smith the back-ups.
Three-year starter Robert Lester is one starting safety – at strong safety this year -- while the free safety is Vinnie Sunseri OR HaHa Clinton-Dix. Nick Perry is listed behind Lester and Landon Collins behind Sunseri/Clinton-Dix.
Ed Stinson gets the start at defensive end, ahead of Jeoffrey Pagan, with Quinton Dial, who had been thought to be contending with Stinson for the starting job listed as the back-up to Damion Square.
The inside linebacker spots have some "OR" designations. The depth chart lists Trey DePriest or Nico Johnson as number one at middle linebacker with Reggie Ragland behind them. The weakside linebacker is Nico Johnron or C.J. Mosley with Tana Patrick behind them.
New scholarshipped placekicker Adam Griffith didn't make the depth chart. Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster are the placekickers.
Here is a look at the Alabama depth chart as issued by the athletics department Tuesday:
End – Ed Stinson, Jeoffrey Pagan
Nose Tackle – Jesse Williams, Brandon Ivory
End – Damion Square, Quinton Dial
Strongside Linebacker – Adrian Hubbard, Jonathan Atchison
Middle Linebacker – Trey DePriest OR Nico Johnson, Reggie Ragland
Weakside Linebacker – Nico Johnson OR C.J. Mosley, Tana Patrick
Jack Linebacker – Xzavier Dickson, Denzel Devall
Cornerback -- Deion Belue, Geno Smith
Cornerback – Dee Milliner, John Fulton
Strong Safety – Robert Lester, Nick Perry
Safety – Vinnie Sunseri OR HaHa Clinton-Dix, Landon Collins
Left Tackle – Cyrus Kouandjio, Kellen Williams
Left Guard – Chance Warmack, Chad Lindsay
Center – Barrett Jones, Ryan Kelly
Right Guard – Anthony Steen, Arie Kouandjio
Right Tackle – D.J. Fluker, Austin Shepherd
Tight End – Michael Williams, Brian Vogler
Quarterback – AJ McCarron, Phillip Ely
Tailback – Eddie Lacy, Jalston Fowler OR T.J. Yeldon, Dee Hart
H-back – Kelly Johnson, Harrison Jones, Brent Calloway
Split End – DeAndrew White, Amari Cooper, Marvin Shinn
Flanker – Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell
Slotback – Christion Jones, Cyrus Jones
Placekicker – Jeremy Shelley OR Cade Foster
Kickoffs – Cade Foster
Holder – AJ McCarron, Vinnie Sunseri
Punter – Cody Mandell, Jeremy Shelley
Snapper – Carson Tinker, Kelly Johnson
Punt Return – Christion Jones, Dee Hart
Kickoff Return – Christion Jones, Dee Milliner, Dee Hart, Kevin Norwood
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