Alabama dressed 80 players for the season-ending game at Hawaii and 59 saw action for the Tide. Alabama started the game on defense with a nickel package (five defensive backs) and used that scheme through most of the game, sometimes with four defensive linemen and two linebackers, sometimes with three defensive linemen and three linebackers. Middle linebacker Freddie Roach did not start the game as Ramzee Robinson was the nickel back taking the place of that position.
Also on defense, Alabama switched its ends with Antwan Odom, Leslie Williams and Chris Harris moving from right to left, Mark Anderson and Nautyn McKay-Loescher playing right end instead of left end.
On offense, Clint Johnston returned to the starting lineup at tight end. During pre-game warm-ups, Matt Lomax wore number 69–the number he wears as an interior offensive lineman–but he returned to the field in number 89 and played tight end.
Bama used 22 on offense, 28 on defense, and nine just on special teams. Here are those who played with starters listed first. This chart reflects the use of a nickel back with 12 defensive positions listed. The number in parenthesis is the number of plays. If there are two numbers, the second is the number of plays on special teams.
Split End-Dre Fulgham (63), Zach Fletcher (36)
Left Tackle-Atlas Herrion (82-4)
Left Guard-Justin Smiley (82-4)
Center-J.B. Closner (82)
Right Guard-Dennis Alexander (74-3), Danny Martz (8-4)
Right Tackle-Evan Mathis (82-1)
Tight End-Clint Johnston (32-7), Matt Lomax (27), Greg McLain (5-9), Donald Clarke (2-4)
Quarterback-Brodie Croyle (82)
Halfback-Shaud Williams (48), Ray Hudson (30), Kenneth Darby (5)
Fullback-Tim Castille (29-10), Le'Ron McClain (6-11), Josh Smith (23-6)
Flanker-Triandos Luke (27), Tyrone Prothro (40-8), Lance Taylor (36-18)
Right End-Mark Anderson (38-8), Nautyn McKay-Loescher (35-2), David Simmons (2)
Right Tackle-Jeremy Clark (28-2), Ahmad Childress (22), Kyle Tatum (11)
Left Tackle-Anthony Bryant (31-2), Dominic Lee (17), Taylor Britt (2)
Left End-Antwan Odom (51), Leslie Williams (18-1), Chris Harris (10)
Strongside Linebacker-Derrick Pope (70-5), Brandon Dean (2)
Middle Linebacker-Freddie Roach (25-9), Terrence Jones (1-17)
Weakside Linebacker-DeMeco Ryans (59-9), Juwan Garth (49-17)
Right Cornerback-Anthony Madison (66-2), Roberto McBride (4-12)
Left Cornerback-Charlie Peprah (18-4), Thurman Ward (4-16)
Nickel–Ramzee Robinson (51-7), David Scott (13-11)
Strong Safety-Roman Harper (66-10), Carlos Andrews (11-20)
Safety-Charles Jones (64), Chris James (4-22)
Punter-Bo Freelend (7)
Kickoff-Kyle Robinson (6)
Placekicker-Brian Bostick (4, 3 PAT, 1 FG)
Snapper-Nick Ridings (11, 7 Punt, 3 PAT, 1 FG)
Holder-Alex Fox (4, 3 PAT, 1 FG)
Coverage and Returns: Brandon Brooks (14), Nic Luke (6), Matt Miller (6), Bryan Kilpatrick (4)