Brandon Brooks was the return man and Zeke Knight was one of three starting wide receivers with Tyrone Prothro sidelined for the season as Alabama used only 52 players in defeating Ole Miss, 13-10, in Oxford Saturday.

As the visiting team in a Southeastern Conference game, Alabama could dress only 70 men for the game against Ole Miss. (The home team can dress 95, although 80 are designated as eligible to play.)

With Tyrone Prothro out, there was a question as to whom would be used on kick returns and as a wide receiver. Brandon Brooks got the call as the second kickoff return man (first with D.J. Hall, then after Hall was injured with Matt Caddell). Hall, Ezekial Knight, and Keith Brown were the three starting wide receivers as Alabama opened the game without a fullback on offense.

Bama has been in a three-man defensive front much of this season, but reverted to the four-man front against the Rebels.

Alabama used 17 on offense, 19 on defense, and 16 just on special teams. Here are those who played with starters listed first and the number of plays in parenthesis. If there are two numbers, the second is the number of kicking game plays.


Split End–Keith Brown (58), Zeke Knight (25), Matt Caddell (44-1)

Left Tackle–Chris Capps (66-4)

Left Guard–Antoine Caldwell (66-4)

Center–J.B. Closner (66)

Right Guard–B.J. Stabler (66)

Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum (66-4)

Tight End–Nick Walker (47-5), Travis McCall (6-7)

Quarterback–Brodie Croyle (66)

Fullback–LéRon McClain (35-10), Tim Castille (21)

Halfback–Kenneth Darby (46), Glen Coffee (7-9)

Flanker–D.J. Hall (24-2), Matt Miller (17-10)


Right End–Mark Anderson (50-1), Keith Saunders (13), Bobby Greenwood (7)

Tackle–Jeremy Clark (25), Justin Britt (23)

Nose Tackle–Rudy Griffin (42), Dominic Lee (14)

Left End–Wallace Gilberry (51), Chris Harris (12)

Strongside Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans (66-6)

Middle Linebacker–Freddie Roach (63), Matt Collins (2-10)

Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson (66-6)

Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison (54-1), Simeon Castille (33-7)

Left Cornerback–Ramzee Robinson (66-1)

Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah (66-6), Jeffrey Dukes (7-13)

Safety–Roman Harper (66-6)


Punter–Jeremy Schatz (6)

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

Holder–Matt Miller (3 FG, 1 PAT, 17 split end, 6 other special teams)

Snapper–Drew Lane (10, 3 FG, 1 PAT, 6 P)

Coverage and Returns–Marcel Stamps (10), Marcus Carter (3) , Juke King (6), Rashad Johnson (16), Theo Townsend (7), Justin Moon (4), Chris Keys (6), Eric Gray (18), Demarcus Waldrop (13), Brandon Brooks (5), Jimmy Johns (3), Kyle Bennett (2), Terrence Jones (19)

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