Cotton Bowl Players

Alabama took all eligible players, between 110 and 120, to Dallas for this year's Cotton Bowl game. The Crimson Tide played 52 men in the 13-10 win over Texas Tech.

Alabama used 19 on offense, 22 on defense, and 11 just on special teams.

A handful of Alabama players on hand for the game did not play. In addition to back-ups who just didn't get into a close game, injured players who made the trip included center J.B. Closner, wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, defensive tackle Justin Britt, linebacker Matt Collins, safety Cory Reamer, and Lionel Mitchell.

Cornerback Simeon Castille missed for academic reasons. Two others were held out for what Coach Mike Shula said were "violations of team policy." They are wide receiver D.J. Hall and safety Chris Keys. Castille's place was taken by Jeffrey Duke, who started the game as a nickel back. Alabama played almost the entire game in a three-man defensive front (starting with ends Wallace Gilberry and Mark Anderson and tackle Jeremy Clark).

Alabama had a couple of changes in the offensive line. Freshman Antoine Caldwell moved from starting left guard to center with senior Mark Sanders opening at left guard, his first start since starting the opening game of the season at right guard. Travis McCall started at tight end in front of Nick Walker. Matt Caddell got his first start since the season-opener at split end, while regular split end Keith Brown took Hall's starting flanker spot.

Halfback Jimmy Johns had one play at quarterback, an end-around.

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–Matt Caddell (37), Matt Miller (31-12), Zeke Knight (19-3)

Left Tackle–Chris Capps (71)

Left Guard–Mark Sanders (49), Taylor Britt (22)

Center–Antoine Caldwell (71-2)

Right Guard–B.J. Stabler (71)

Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum (71-5)

Tight End–Travis McCall (33-8), Nick Walker (37-5)

Quarterback–Brodie Croyle (70)

Fullback–LéRon McClain (43-10), Tim Castille (30)

Halfback–Kenneth Darby (48), Jimmy Johns (6-6)

Flanker–Keith Brown (57), Brandon Brooks (14-7), Will Oakley (1)


Right End–Mark Anderson (46), Keith Saunders (15-1)

Tackle–Jeremy Clark (29), J.P. Adams (6)

Nose Tackle–Rudy Griffin (23-1), Dominic Lee (11)

Left End–Wallace Gilberry (44), Bobby Greenwood (13), Chris Harris (9-1)

Strongside Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans (55-7)

Middle Linebacker–Freddie Roach (48-5), Terrence Jones (19-17)

Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson (51-6), Demarcus Waldrop (8-11)

Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison (62-3), Eric Gray (2-12)

Left Cornerback–Ramzee Robinson (63-2)

Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah (62-5)

Nickel–Jeffrey Dukes (61-11), Rashad Johnson (3-13)

Safety–Roman Harper (62-7), Marcus Carter (1-11)


Punter–Jeremy Schatz (5)

Placekicker–Jamie Christensen (8, 1 PAT, 4 FG, 3 KO)

Holder–Matt Miller (43, 1 PAT, 4 FG, 7 other special teams, 31 split end)

Snapper–Drew Lane (10, 1 PAT, 4 FG, 5 P)

Coverage and Returns–Marcel Stamps (8), Aaron McDaniel (3), Juke King (5), Glen Coffee (3), Kyle Bennett (8), Theo Townsend (8), Justin Moon (3), Marlon Davis (5)

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