Offensive skill players set

There's no question that things will change from week to week, but yesterday the Tide coaches released their post-camp depth chart. <br><br>We take a look at the key contributors among skill players on the offensive side.

(Above left) Quarterback Brodie Croyle and Quarterbacks Coach Dave Rader talk during practice. With backup QB Spencer Pennington nursing a bad thumb, Croyle could very well be called on to take almost every snap in the early games.

Triandos Luke jogs toward the camera. A smooth-as-silk athlete, Luke will field punts, return kickoffs and also start at wide receiver for the Tide.

Shaud Williams (#21) leads the running backs through a drill. All three tailbacks will probably play, but senior Shaud Williams is definitely the leader of the unit. Williams could also be used returning punts.

Zach Fletcher looks back over his shoulder for the football. Head Coach Mike Shula prefers a pro-style attack, which partly led to Fletcher's elevation to first team. The tall senior is more of a down-the-field wideout than some of the other returning athletes.

Redshirt freshman Kenneth Darby pictured at practice last spring (note the old number; Darby now wears #34). Darby and junior Ray Hudson will back up Shaud Williams at halfback.

Antonio Carter (#2) walks off with Cornelius Wortham after practice last Thursday. Note the newspaper Carter is carrying. Still recovering from off-season leg surgery, Carter has been brought along slowly during fall camp. However, he's expected to play through the pain and compete this Saturday.

Clint Johnston (middle) watches practice with Donald Clarke (left) and David Cavan (right). Easily the biggest surprise on the offensive depth chart was Johnston listed at fullback. If everyone heals and learns at the expected pace, that duty probably won't last long. But right now the Tide coaches are looking for help at the position.

Dre Fulgham runs with the football versus Hawaii last season. Listed second string at receiver and third string at fullback, Fulgham will be called on to work some out of the backfield on pass routes this year.

Greg McLain looks for the football. If he recovers fully from injury, McLain would probably the the starter at fullback. But at this point after missing much of fall camp, "the Moose" is not listed on the depth chart.

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