Stuart McNair

Alabama Coach Nick Saban won’t have a depth chart for spring practice

Experimentation in spring practice may affect Alabama depth chart

There will be no announcement or issuance of a depth chart when Alabama begins spring practice on Tuesday, March 21. Nor will there be one at anytime during the spring, though one will get something of an idea of how the Crimson Tide is shaping up when the public gets to see the A-Day Game on April 22.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban has disdain for the depth chart. He does allow his staff to issue one at the start of the season and prior to bowl season, but he has pointed out that the depth chart is good for only that day. It is fluid based on every practice and every game.
That is particularly true for spring practice, a time when there can be experimentation and when some players who have not been seen have a chance to make a mark. That includes 16 signees in the 2017 class who are taking part in spring practice.
We also don’t know yet what, if any, participation there will be from players recuperating from injuries.
Additionally, there is fall camp in August when there will be even more players to work with and more of an urgency to determine starters and rotations.

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Alabama has a number of positions to replace. The Tide will be working a group of offensive linemen to find the new “five best” with All-America Cam Robinson gone from left tackle after starting for three years and Korren Kirven gone from the right guard position that was a work in progress through much of 2016. Wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Gehrig Dieter must be replace, as is also the case with All-America tight end O.J. Howard.
On defense, there is much more to be done. The Tide lost starting defensive ends Jonathan Allen — one of the most decorated players in Alabama football history — and Dalvin Tomlinson; linebackers Reuben Foster (All-America and Butkus Award winner), Tim Williams, and Ryan anderson; and cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
That said, it is interesting that most of the winter conversation and much of the spring interest will be on the quarterback position, where Alabama returns the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in sophomore Jalen Hurts. There is no other experience at the quarterback position, but freshman Tua Tagovailoa is expected to compete.
There are many reasons to admit guessing at a depth chart prior to the start of spring practice can be an exercise in futility, but someone has to do it.
Here is our guess:
OFFENSE
Split End
1 Robert Foster, 6-2, 191, Sr
17  Cam Sims, 6-5, 203, Sr
7  Trevon Diggs, 6-2, 195, So
85  Donnie Lee Jr., 6-0, 180, Sr
89  Armani Purifoye, 6-0, 193, Sr

Left Tackle
76  Scott Lashley, 6-7, 313, RFr

70  Alex Leatherwood, 6-6, 327, Fr
77 Matt Womack, 6-7, 316, So
 
Left Guard
71  Ross Pierschbacher, 6-4, 304, Jr
59  Dallas Warmack, 6-2, 299, Jr
65  Deonte Brown, 6-4, 350, RFr

Center
75  Bradley Bozeman, 6-5, 319, Sr
63  J.C. Hassenauer, 6-2, 299, Sr
 
Right Guard
67 Josh Casher, 6-1, 287, Jr
56 Brandon Kennedy, 6-3, 301, So
79 Chris Owens, 6-3, 307, RFr
72 Richie Petitbon, 6-4, 302, So

Right Tackle
73  Jonah Williams, 6-5, 296, So
78  Elliot Baker, 6-7, 295, Jr
66 Lester Cotton, 6-4, 319, Jr
61  Jacob Probasco, 6-3, 317, So
 
Tight End (Y)
84  Hale Hentges, 6-5, 256, Jr
82  Irv Smith Jr., 6-4, 235, So
83  Cam Stewart, 6-8, 254, So

Tight End (H)
87 Miller Forristall, 6-5, 225, So
88  Major Tennison, 6-5, 240, Fr
45  Hunter Bryant, 6-5, 226, Sr
42  Jacob Parker, 6-1, 222, Sr

Quarterback
2  Jalen Hurts, 6-2, 209, So
13  Tua Tagovailoa, 6-1, 215, Fr
10  Mac Jones, 6-2, 185, Fr
19 Montana Murphy, 6-3, 201, So
 
Tailback
9  Bo Scarbrough, 6-2, 228, Jr
34  Damien Harris, 5-11, 214, Jr
8 Josh Jacobs, 5-10, 204, So
6 B.J. Emmons, 6-0, 206, So
22  Najee Harris, 6-2, 225, Fr
24  Brian Robinson, 6-1, 224, Fr
12  Chadarius Townsend, 6-0, 190, Fr
5  Ronnie Clark, 6-2, 215, Jr
44 Avery Reid, 6-0, 192, So

Flanker
3  Calvin Ridley, 6-1, 188, Jr
81 Derek Kief, 6-4, 200, Jr
14  Tyrell Shavers, 6-6, 202, Fr
37  Jonathan Rice, 6-4, 207, Jr

Slot
16  T.J. Simmons, 6-2, 201, So
19 Xavian Marks, 5-8, 166, Jr
4  Jerry Jeudy, 6-1, 175, Fr
31 Xavian Marks, 5-8, 166, Jr
38  Austin Johnson, 6-2, 200, Jr

DEFENSE
Left End
9  Da’Shawn Hand, 6-4, 280, Sr
49  Isaiah Buggs, 6-5, 290, Jr
90  Jamar King, 6-4, 290, Sr
 
Nose Tackle
94  DaRon Payne, 6-2, 319, Jr
69  Josh Frazier, 6-4, 315, Sr
91 O.J. Smith, 6-2, 309, Jr
58 Daniel Powell, 5-11, 238, So

Right End
92 Quinnen Williams, 6-4, 284, RFr
99 Raekwon Davis, 6-7, 315, So
95 Johnny Dwight, 6-3, 306, Jr
50 Vohn Keith, 6-2, 221, Sr
 
Jack Linebacker
33 Anfernee Jennings, 6-3, 264, So
24  Terrell Hall, 6-5, 247, So
48  Mekhi Brown, 6-5, 246, So
19  Shawn Jennings, 6-2, 200, RFr
 
Middle Linebacker
20 Shaun Dion Hamilton, 6-0, 232, Sr
30  Mack Wilson, 6-2, 244, So
6  Dylan Moses, 6-3, 235, Fr
 
Weakside Linebacker
32  Rashaan Evans, 6-3, 231, Sr
42  Keith Holcombe, 6-4, 227, Jr
1  Ben Davis, 6-4, 234, RFr
 
Strongside Linebacker
47  Christian Miller, 6-4, 230, Jr
31  Keaton Anderson, 6-1, 215, So
16  Jamey Mosley, 6-5, 228, Jr
40  Joshua McMillon, 6-3, 237, So

Left Cornerback
5  Shyheim Carter, 6-0, 190, So
39  Levi Wallace, 6-0, 170, Sr
23 Aaron Robinson, 6-1, 181, So
37  Donavan Mosley, 5-10, 180, Jr
45 Bo Grant, 6-2, 195, Sr

Strong Safety
29 Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6-1, 203, Jr
6  Hootie Jones, 6-2, 215, Sr
21  Jared Mayden, 6-0, 200, So
25  Xavier McKinney, 6-1, 192, Fr
 
Safety
15 Ronnie Harrison, 6-3, 216, Jr
2  Tony Brown, 6-0, 198, Sr
14 Deionte Thompson, 6-2, 190, So
3  Daniel Wright, 6-1, 187, Fr

Right Cornerback
28  Anthony Averett, 6-0, 183, Sr
13  Nigel Knott, 5-11, 175, RFr
26  Kyriq McDonald, 5-11, 190, Fr
37  21  Rogria Lewis, 5-11, 196, Sr

SPECIAL TEAMS
Punter
15  JK Scott, 6-6, 202, Sr
98  Brannon Satterfield, 6-2, 210, Jr
 
Placekicker
92  Andy Pappanastos, 5-11, 198, Sr
 
Snapper
45  Thomas Fletcher, 6-2, 220, Fr
52 Scott Meyer, 6-2, 222, So
53 Ryan Parris, 6-0, 209, Jr


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