As the home team in a Southeastern Conference game, Alabama could play 80 men in the game against Tennessee Saturday. The home team can dress 95, although 80 are designated as eligible to play. The visiting team can dress and play no more than 70.
Although no back-up quarterback played, John Parker Wilson–who had been the back-up quarterback until his arrest for driving while intoxicated–was dressed for the game. That does not mean he was designated to play. He did what he has done most games this year, which is shield the signal being flashed to the huddle by Marc Guillon, who is presumed to have moved to back-up quarterback with Wilson being suspended.
Alabama Coach Mike Shula does not announce suspensions, so it is possible that Wilson wasn't suspended last week, but that is highly improbable. Wilson worked with the scout team last week. He may or may not be suspended for future games. Last week we were given information from a reliable source that Wilson would also be suspended for this week's Utah State homecoming game and the following game against Mississippi State. The obvious thought is that those are games in which one might expect back-ups to get some much-needed playing time.
Tennessee was obviously not a place for back-ups to get much playing time as a number of starters went the distance or had only token breathers.
Alabama started the game offensively with "standard personnel," meaning two wide receivers, a tight end, fullback and running back. Bama was also in what is considered its base defense of four down linemen, three linebackers, and three defensive backs, even though much of this season the Tide has used three down linemen, three linebackers, and five defensive backs.
Alabama used 17 on offense, 19 on defense, and 18 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.
OFFENSE Split End–Keith Brown (43), Zeke Knight (21) Left Tackle–Chris Capps (62-3) Left Guard–Antoine Caldwell (62-3) Center–J.B. Closner (62) Right Guard–B.J. Stabler (62) Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum (62-3) Tight End–Nick Walker (42-3), Travis McCall (18-5) Quarterback–Brodie Croyle (62) Fullback–LéRon McClain (35-9), Tim Castille (24) Halfback–Kenneth Darby (48), Glen Coffee (2-8) Flanker–D.J. Hall (53-6), Matt Caddell (21), Matt Miller (3-8) DEFENSE Right End–Mark Anderson (48), Keith Saunders (8), Bobby Greenwood (3) Tackle–Jeremy Clark (37), Justin Britt (9) Nose Tackle–Rudy Griffin (36), Dominic Lee (5), J.P. Adams (9) Left End–Wallace Gilberry (49), Chris Harris (3) Strongside Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans (55-6) Middle Linebacker–Freddie Roach (54) Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson (55-6) Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison (42-5), Simeon Castille (25-6) Left Cornerback–Ramzee Robinson (55) Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah (55-5), Jeffrey Dukes (2-10) Safety–Roman Harper (55-6) SPECIAL TEAMS Punter–Jeremy Schatz (6) Placekicker–Jamie Christensen (6, 3 FG, 3 KO) Holder–Matt Miller (3 FG, 3 split end, 5 other special teams) Snapper–Drew Lane (9, 3 FG, 6 P) Coverage and Returns–Marcel Stamps (8), Marcus Carter (2) , Juke King (6), Rashad Johnson (13), Theo Townsend (5), Justin Moon (3), Chris Keys (5), Eric Gray (11), Demarcus Waldrop (10), Brandon Brooks (3), Jimmy Johns (3), Kyle Bennett (2), Terrence Jones (16), Matt Collins (9)