The most obvious number one player not playing in Saturday's Alabama scrimmage was quarterback Brodie Croyle, who did participate in the seven-on-seven passing drills prior to the scrimmage. Croyle, who had knee surgery last fall, is not getting any work in drills in which there is contact this spring. Nick Walker, who had been the number two tight end until suffering a bruised calf in last week's scrimmage, also took part in the seven-on-seven work, but not in the scrimmage.
Number on middle linebacker Freddie Roach and number two right cornerback Eric Gray were both in orange jerseys and not participating. Roach suffered a slight groin pull in Thursday's workout. B.J. Stabler, who has worked at both right guard and right tackle on days he has been able to practice, was also held out. Theo Townsend, a redshirt freshman walk-on halfback who had been number one through the first half of spring practice, was out this week with a hip flexor, but made it back Saturday for some carries.
There was one surprise in the offensive backfield as walk-on freshman halfback Rashad Johnson started ahead of Aaron Johns, but Johns got plenty of work with the first offense. John Parker Wilson was quarterback with the first unit and Marc Guillon quarterback of the second offense. LéRon McClain was the fullback with Mookie Chaney the second man at the position, but Kyle Bennett getting at least as much work with the second team.
The two wide receiver positions are interchangeable. Tyrone Prothro and Keith Brown were the starters. the second pair were D.J. Hall and Zeke Knight, followed by Matt Caddell and Marcus McKnight with Brandon Brooks and Matt Miller in the next rotation.
Trent Davidson was the starting tight end with Greg McLain second.
In the offensive line, the first group was left tackle Chris Capps, left guard Antoine Caldwell, center JB Closner, right guard Mark Sanderson, and right tackle Kyle Tatum. The second group was left tackle Cody Davis, left guard Dawson Brown, center Taylor Britt, right guard Justin Moon, and right tackle Drew Davis.
The starting defensive front four was Wallace Gilberry at left end, Rudy Griffin at left tackle, Curtis Dawson at right tackle, and Mark Anderson at right end. Back-ups were Chris Harris at left end, Justin Johnson at left tackle, J.P. Adams at right tackle, and Keith Saunders at right end. Justin Britt also worked at tackle.
Walk-on sophomore Matt Collins, who has been a pleasant surprise, took Roach's place as the starting middle linebacker. He was flanked by DeMeco Ryans at strongside and Juwan Garth at weakside. Back-ups were Terrence Jones and Juke King at middle, Kenneth Vandervoot at strongside, and Demarcus Waldrop and Marcel Stamps at weakside.
Bama returns all four starters in the secondary and all four were starting Saturday with Anthony Madison at left cornerback and Ramzee Robinson at right cornerback, Charlie Peprah at strong safety and Roman Harper at safety. Backups were Simeon Castille and Lionel Mitchell at cornerbacks and Marcus Carter, Jeffrey Dukes, and Bryan Kilpatrick at safety spots.
Among those not participating in the scrimmage and seeing little or no action all spring but expected back in the fall are halfback Kenneth Darby (sports hernia), fullback-halfback Tim Castille (knee), defensive tackle Jeremy Clark (knee), defensive tackle Dominic Lee (ankle), wide receiver Will Oakley (hamstring), linebacker Jake Wingo (concussion), and running back Vic Horn (leg).