Tide Depth Chart Has Few Surprises

Although it comes twice as often as Christmas, it seems to be the Alabama football depth chart from Nick Saban is anticipated even more than the arrival of St. Nick. Each year, once in late August and once before the bowl game, Bama issues a depth chart. It's only good until the next game is played, but still it is interesting.



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:

DEFENSE

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

OFFENSE

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

SPECIAL TEAMS

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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