Alabama Depth Chart Vs. Northern Illinois

With no Southeastern Conference squad limits, Alabama dressed about 120 men for Saturday's game against Northern Illinois. Early in the game it seemed the Tide had intentions of playing a large number. However, events dictated that Alabama actually used fewer players than has been customary this year. Alabama played only 48 men in the upset loss to the Huskies.

Clint Johnston became the third man to start at fullback for Alabama this year, following true freshmen Tim Castille and Le'Ron McClain. Castille was back from his injury, but McClain did not dress. Other notables who did not play were offensive guard Justin Smiley (missing his second game with an ankle injury), back-up defensive tackle Jeremy Clark, who had returned from injury last week; and linebacker Cornelius Wortham and wide receiver Antonio Carter, neither of whom has played this year.

Back-up defensive tackle Kyle Tatum saw his first action of the year. True freshman Terrance Jones, who has been playing on special teams, was used at linebacker for the first time.

Kyle Robinson took over as Bama's kickoff man. He had replaced Jeff Aul during last week's game, then did all the kickoff work against Northern Illinois.

Bama used 18 on offense, 16 on defense, and 14 just on special teams. Here are those who played with starters listed first. The number in parenthesis is the number of plays. If there are two numbers, the second is the number of plays on special teams.

OFFENSE

Split End-Zach Fletcher (44), Dre Fulgham (34), Lance Taylor (8-7)

Left Tackle-Wesley Britt (65-3)

Left Guard-Atlas Herrion (65-3)

Center-J.B. Closner (65)

Right Guard-Dennis Alexander (65-3)

Right Tackle-Evan Mathis (65-3)

Tight End-David Cavan (46-3)

Quarterback-Brodie Croyle (65)

Halfback-Shaud Williams (50-9), Ray Hudson (6-9), Kenneth Darby (9-4)

Full ack-Clint Johnston (23-14), Tim Castille(26) , Greg McLain (1-8)

Flanker-Triandos Luke (55), Brandon Greer (23)

DEFENSE

Left End-Nautyn McKay-Loescher (64-2), Mark Anderson (13-11)

Left Tackle-Anthony Bryant (59-2)

Right Tackle-Ahmad Childress (50-1), Kyle Tatum (18-1)

Right End-Antwan Odom (65-2)

Strongside Linebacker-Derrick Pope (67-9), Terrence Jones (5-11)

Middle Linebacker-Freddie Roach (58-9)

Weakside Linebacker-DeMeco Ryans (61-9), Juwan Garth (7-20)

Left Cornerback-Charlie Peprah (68-2)

Right Cornerback-Anthony Madison (63-2), Ramzee Robinson (14-11)

Strong Safety-Roman Harper (68-9)

Safety-Charles Jones (60)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter-Bo Freelend (7)

Kickoff-Kyle Robinson (4)

Placekicker-Brian Bostick (3, 1 FGs, 2 PAT)

Snapper-Nick Ridings (10, 7 Punts, 1 FG, 2 PAT)

Holder-Gabe Giardina (3, 1 FG, 2 PAT)

Coverage and Returns: Thurman Ward (16), Roberto McBride (4), David Scott (16), Chris James (13), Matt Miller (4), Leslie Williams (4), Donald Clarke (7), Carlos Andrews (13), Josh Smith (4)


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