Alabama played an unusually high number of players for the Mike Shula era with 63 Crimson Tiders seeing action in Bama's 37-14 rout of South Carolina in Columbia. As the road team in a Southeastern Conference game, Alabama was limited to 70 players.

B.J. Stabler started at rioght guard for Alabama, becoming the third different starter in three games at that spot. Neither Marlon Davis, who started against Southern Miss, nor Mark Sanders, who started against MTSU, played in the South Carolina game.

Ramzee Robinson regained the starting left cornerback job he had all last season, but Simeon Castille, who had been starting at left cornerback, was the nickel safety and saw just as much playing time as the starters. Jeremy Clark was back starting at defensive tackle, where he did in 2005. Justin Britt, who had started at tackle the first two games, did not make the trip because of injury.

At least two players saw their first career Alabama competition, wide receiver Will Oakley and fullback Victor Horn.

Alabama used 30 on offense, 23 on defense, and 10 just on special teams. Some played more than one position, such as Tyrone Prothro at both flanker and halfback and Taylor Britt at center and guard.

Here are those who played with starters listed first. (Alabama opened the game with three wide receivers–Keith Brown, D.J. Hall and Ezekial Knight–and no fullback.) The number in parenthesis is the number of plays, and if there are two numbers the second is the number of plays on special teams.


Split End–Keith Brown (39-3), Zeke Knight (14-13), Matt Caddell (19-1), Marcus McKnight (6-1), Matt Miller (3-19)

Left Tackle–Chris Capps (63-7), Cody Davis (22-1)

Left Guard–Antoine Caldwell (56-5), Justin Moon (7-7)

Center–J.B. Closner (67)

Right Guard–B.J. Stabler (67-2), Taylor Britt (21)

Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum (63-7)

Tight End–Nick Walker (42-8), Travis McCall (22-8), Charles Hoke (7)

Quarterback–Brodie Croyle (61), John Parker Wilson (6), Marc Guillon (7)

Fullback–LéRon McClain (48-11), Tim Castille (19-2), Vic Horn (7)

Halfback–Kenneth Darby (32-1), Glen Coffee (18-1), Jimmy Johns (6-15), Rashad Johnson (1-14)

Flanker–D.J. Hall (41-6), Tyrone Prothro (34-6), Brandon Brooks (6), Will Oakley (6)


Right End–Mark Anderson (31), Chris Harris (21), Keith Saunders (20)

Tackle–Jeremy Clark (24)

Nose Tackle–Rudy Griffin (28), J.P. Adams (21)

Left End–Wallace Gilberry (31), Bobby Greenwood (22)

Strongside Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans (49-2), Juke King (3-5)

Middle Linebacker–Freddie Roach (40), Matt Collins (18-8)

Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson (51-2), Demarcus Waldrop (15-15)

Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison (38-4), Lionel Mitchell (9-9)

Left Cornerback–Ramzee Robinson (51-2), Simeon Castille (48-9)

Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah (50-5), Jeffrey Dukes (21-15), Chris Keys (9)

Safety–Roman Harper (51-3), Cory Reamer (9)


Placekicker–Jamie Christensen (7 KO, 3 FG, 4 PAT), Ryan Saxby (1 KO)

Punter–Jeremy Schatz (3)

Snapper–Drew Lane (3 FG, 4 PAT, 3 P)

Coverage and Returns–Marcel Stamps (14), Marcus Carter (3), Bryan Kilpatrick (1), Theo Townsend (13), Justin Ballard (2), Danny Barger (2)

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