Depth Chart As Issued By Alabama

Very early in the Nick Saban era at Alabama – like before the beginning of his first spring practice – we learned that Saban does not use a depth chart, at least not in the very public way that some coaches do. We did learn that on the Monday prior to the opening game of the season that he will give reporters a depth chart. Another depth chart will be issued prior to a bowl game.

And so it has become something of a red letter day among sportswriters when the Monday before the opening game arrives and we are presented with something of a depth chart. That depth chart, however, is not distributed prior to Coach Nick Saban's appearance before the media. Just as well based on what he had to say about it Monday.

"If I were you," Saban said, "I wouldn't make too much of the depth chart we released. It's a chore for me to do that, it really is. I know it's important to you so we wanted to provide you with something. But don't ask me questions because I'm telling you now, it's for you. The depth chart isn't for our team. It's for you so you can have it, write about it, and talk about it.

"You made me do a depth chart when I didn't want to do one."

First of all, everyone who believes that the press corps made Saban do a depth chart and that he did it even though he didn't want to, raise your hand.

Nevertheless, our obligation to you, our readers, is to share this depth chart as issued Monday as Alabama prepares for its opening game. The Crimson Tide, the pre-season number one team in the nation, will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in the season-opener at 5:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 central time) Saturday in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. ESPN will televise the game.

Even though the depth chart is downplayed by Saban, and certainly subject to change, sometimes it is interesting. Most times, though, it is almost exactly what anyone who has been paying close attention would suspect, at least as far as the first team players.

Although he didn't say it Monday, Saban usually has the admonition that the word "or" on the depth chart "means ‘or'." There are a few of those, and one might say a couple of them are mildly surprising. Kevin Norwood at flanker is listed with Kenny Bell on the first team. Xzavier Dickson, who spent much of fall camp with the defensive linemen, is listed first team at jack linebacker with Denzel Devall.

Trey DePriest, who was briefly suspended and said to be having to work his way back up the depth chart, seems to have done it. He is listed first at middle linebacker. Second is true freshman Reuben Foster.

Here is the depth as issued by Alabama football on Monday:


End – Ed Stinson

A'Shawn Robinson or LaMichael Fanning

Nose Tackle – Brandon Ivory

Darren Lake or Korren Kirven

End – Jeoffrey Pagan

Dalvin Tomlinson or Jonathan Allen

Strongside Linebacker – Adrian Hubbard

Dillon Lee

Middle Linebacker – Trey DePriest

Reuben Foster

Weakside Linebacker – C.J. Mosley

Tana Patrick or Reggie Ragland

Jack Linebacker – Xzavier Dickson or Denzel Devall

Cornerback – Deion Belue

Bradley Sylve

Cornerback – John Fulton

Cyrus Jones

Maurice Smith

Strong Safety – Vinnie Sunseri

Landon Collins or Jarrick Williams

Safety – HaHa Clinton-Dix

Nick Perry


Left Tackle – Cyrus Kouandjio

Kellen Williams

Grant Hill

Left Guard – Arie Kouandjio

Kellen Williams or Isaac Luatua

Center – Ryan Kelly

Chad Lindsay

Right Guard – Anthony Steen

Alphonse Taylor

Right Tackle – Austin Shep;herd

Leon Brown

Tight End – Brian Vogler

O.J. Howard or Brandon Greene

H-Back/Tight End – Jalston Fowler

Harrison Jones

Quarterback – A.J. McCarron

Blake Sims

(There was no third quarterback listed)

Running Back – T.J. Yeldon

Dee Hart or Derrick Henry or Altee Tenpenny

Split End – Amari Cooper

DeAndrew White

Raheem Falkins

Flanker – Kevin Norwood or Kenny Bell

Robert Foster

Slot Receiver – Christion Jones

Chris Black


Placekicker/Kickoff – Cade Foster

Adam Griffith

Holder – AJ McCarron

Vinnie Sunseri

Snapper – Cole Mazza

M.K. Taylor

Punt Return – Christion Jones

Dee Hart

Kickoff Return – Christion Jones

Kevin Norwood

Cyrus Jones

DeAndrew White

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