The tight end position took an unfortunate hit Saturday, however. Greg McLain would have been listed second-string at tight end had he not separated his shoulder late in the scrimmage. The Crimson Tide's only experienced tight end in fall camp will be out for three to four weeks and possibly more.
Alabama lost its other experienced tight end, Trent Davidson, before fall camp started, and he is still rehabilitating after foot surgery that will cause him to miss at least the season opener, and likely the second game against Southern Miss.
On the offensive line Saturday, Mark Sanders moved from right guard to left guard and Marlon Davis stepped in at first-team right guard. This latest shuffling comes with B.J. Stabler out for at least the first, probably the second game of the year after arthroscopic knee surgery. Antoine Caldwell, who has been penciled in as the starting left guard since spring, is expected to return to practice later this week.
At receiver, Will Oakley missed a day with a strained knee but returned quickly to continue an encouraging fall camp. Split end Keith Brown also returned to Saturday's scrimmage after missing three days in the orange "injured" jersey last week.
Now that Tim Castille has taken full-speed repetitions in a scrimmage, the old question of whether he is a fullback or a halfback resurfaces. Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula has said Castille will be used similarly to a year ago, meaning he will be a valuable asset at both positions.
At right defensive tackle, Justin Britt and Jeremy Clark are locked in a battle for the starting position. Clark missed some time early, allowing Britt to take snaps with the first unit, including in Saturday's scrimmage. Both Clark and Britt had good scrimmages, however, and will battle for the spot in the coming week.
Four players in the defensive secondary were out of Saturday's scrimmage with injury: Ramzee Robinson (back), Roman Harper (hamstring), Chris Keys (concussion) and Eric Gray (hamstring), providing playing time for the back-ups in the depth-plenty secondary. Harper expects to return this week.
Here is the projected depth chart following Saturday's scrimmage:
Split End–Matt Caddell, Will Oakley, Keith Brown
Left Tackle–Chris Capps, Michael Johnson
Left Guard–Mark Sanders, Taylor Britt, Al Jefferson
Center–JB Closner, Taylor Britt, Evan Cardwell
Right Guard–Marlon Davis, Justin Moon
Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum, Drew Davis
Tight End–Nick Walker, Charles Hoke, Travis McCall
Quarterback–Brodie Croyle, John Parker Wilson, Marc Guillon, Jimmy Barnes
Halfback–Kenneth Darby, Tim Castille, Glen Coffee, Roy Upchurch, Jimmy Johns
Fullback–LéRon McClain, Tim Castille, Vic Horn, Kyle Bennett
Flanker–DJ Hall (37), Tyrone Prothro (43-12), Zeke Knight
Right End–Mark Anderson, Keith Saunders, Lorenzo Washington
Right Tackle–Justin Britt OR Jeremy Clark
Left Tackle–Rudy Griffin, J.P. Adams
Left End–Wallace Gilberry, Bobby Greenwood
Strongside Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans, Terrence Jones, Zach Schreiber
Middle Linebacker–Freddie Roach, Matt Collins, Prince Hall
Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson, Demarcus Waldrop, Marcel Stamps
Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison, Lionel Mitchell
Left Cornerback–Simeon Castille, Chris Rogers
Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah, Bryan Kilpatrick
Free Safety–Roman Harper, Jeffrey Dukes, Marcus Carter
Punter–Jeff Aul, Jeremy Schatz, P.J. Fitzgerald
Placekicker–Jamie Christensen, Ryan Saxby
Kickoff–Jamie Christensen, Ryan Saxby
Holder–Matt Miller, Jeremy Schatz
Snapper–Drew Lane, Luke Spalding