Participation Vs. Aggies

Because it was a non-conference game, there were no Southeastern Conference limits on the number of players who could dress out for Alabama's 35-3 homecoming win over Utah State. Virtually every eligible player was dressed and 71 Crimson Tide players saw action in the game, although much of the substitution came late. One of the participants was freshman fullback Ryan Morrow, the only Bama player from the state of Utah.

As the visiting SEC team at Starkville this weekend, Alabama will be allowed to dress and play only 70 men. Mississippi State as the home team will be allowed to dress 95 and will designate no more than 80 as eligible to play in the game.

John Parker Wilson had been presumed suspended for the Tennessee game the week before (presumed, but that's all since Coach Mike Shula doesn't announce the specifics of disciplinary action) and informed speculation had it he would also miss the Utah State and Mississippi State games, but Wilson was inserted into the game late and threw a touchdown pass.

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 four defensive backs.

With Keith Brown sitting out the game with a bruised thigh, Ezekial Knight got the start at the wide receiver spot opposite D.J. Hall.

Alabama used 33 on offense, 27 on defense, and 11 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–Zeke Knight (46), Matt Caddell (32), Marcus McKnight (9), Jake Collins (1)

Left Tackle–Chris Capps (53-4), Cody Davis (13-1)

Left Guard–Antoine Caldwell (53-4), Justin Moon (13-5)

Center–J.B. Closner (53), Taylor Britt (13)

Right Guard–B.J. Stabler (53), Marlon Davis (13-1)

Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum (53-4), Mark Sanders (13-1)

Tight End–Nick Walker (38-5), Travis McCall (16-6), Charles Hoke (1), Greg McLain (9), Will Denniston (2)

Quarterback–Brodie Croyle (53), John Parker Wilson (10), Marc Guillon (3)

Fullback–LéRon McClain (26-11), Tim Castille (22), Kyle Bennett (6-2), Vic Horn (1), Ryan Morrow (4)

Halfback–Kenneth Darby (31), Glen Coffee (13-13), Jimmy Johns (11-4)

Flanker–D.J. Hall (52), Matt Miller (8-16), Will Oakley (2)


Right End–Mark Anderson (36), Keith Saunders (30), Justin Johnson (7)

Tackle–Jeremy Clark (18), Justin Britt (23)

Nose Tackle–Rudy Griffin (24), Dominic Lee (20), J.P. Adams (14)

Left End–Wallace Gilberry (36), Chris Harris (18), Bobby Greenwood (28)

Strongside Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans (55-6), Terrence Jones (26)

Middle Linebacker–Freddie Roach (46), Juke King (10-16), Matt Collins (18-10)

Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson (53-6), Demarcus Waldrop (21-14)

Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison (52-2), Simeon Castille (54-9)

Left Cornerback–Ramzee Robinson (55), Eric Gray (10-17)

Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah (54-6), Jeffrey Dukes (25-15), Marcus Carter (10-3)

Safety–Roman Harper (64-6), Chris Keys (14-7)


Punter–Jeremy Schatz (6)

Placekicker–Jamie Christensen (11, 4 PAT, 1 FG, 6 KO)

Holder–Matt Miller (24, 4 PAT, 1 FG, 8 split end, 11 other special teams)

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

Coverage and Returns–Brandon Brooks (8), Marcel Stamps (8), Bryan Kilpatrick (1), Justin Ballard (2), Rashad Johnson (13), Theo Townsend (8), Foress Rayford (2)

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