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.
Senior Taylor Britt made his first career start at center, replacing JB Closner, who is lost for the year with a broken leg. Alabama did not have a rare case of starting brothers, though, as Jeremy Clark got the start at defensive tackle over Justin Britt.
Jimmy Johns played two offensive plays, one of them at quarterback.
Alabama used 18 on offense, 21 on defense, and 13 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 (61), Zeke Knight (19-4), Matt Miller (6-16)
Left Tackle–Chris Capps (68-4)
Left Guard–Antoine Caldwell (68-4)
Center–Taylor Britt (68)
Right Guard–B.J. Stabler (68)
Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum (68-4)
Tight End–Nick Walker (42-4), Travis McCall (10-7)
Quarterback–Brodie Croyle (67)
Fullback–LéRon McClain (35-11), Tim Castille (23)
Halfback–Kenneth Darby (50), Glen Coffee (4-3), Jimmy Johns (2-3)
Flanker–D.J. Hall (64), Matt Caddell (25)
Right End–Mark Anderson (55-1), Keith Saunders (12)
Tackle–Jeremy Clark (37), Justin Britt (17)
Nose Tackle–Rudy Griffin (37), Dominic Lee (14)
Left End–Wallace Gilberry (53-1), Chris Harris (9), Bobby Greenwood (17)
Strongside Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans (69-8)
Middle Linebacker–Freddie Roach (58-1), Matt Collins (8-11)
Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson (39-4), Demarcus Waldrop (1-14), Terrence Jones (24-19)
Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison (61-3), Simeon Castille (44-7)
Left Cornerback–Ramzee Robinson (58-1)
Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah (67-5), Jeffrey Dukes (14-11)
Safety–Roman Harper (61-7)
Punter–Jeremy Schatz (7)
Placekicker–Jamie Christensen (7, 1 PAT, 3 FG, 3 KO)
Holder–Matt Miller (22, 1 PAT, 3 FG, 12 other special teams, 6 split end)
Snapper–Drew Lane (11, 1 PAT, 3 FG, 7 P)
Coverage and Returns–Brandon Brooks (9), Marcel Stamps (1), Marcus Carter (6), Juke King (7), Eric Gray (11), Chris Keys (11), Kyle Bennett (3), Rashad Johnson (15), Theo Townsend (7), Justin Moon (4)