Alabama Depth Chart Vs. ULM

Alabama dressed 108 players for the Louisiana Monroe game, but three of those were for show only. Starting weakside linebacker Juwan Simpson, cornerback Lionel Mitchell (who had started the previous week), and top back-up halfback Jimmy Johns were suspended for the game, just as wide receiver D.J. Hall had sat out the Hawaii game and offensive tackle Kyle Tatum had missed the Vanderbilt game.

=p= Demarcus Waldrop started in place of Simpson, Rashad Johnson moved back to number one nickel back in the absence of Mitchell, and Roy Upchurch saw his first action on offense as the number two halfback in place of Johns.

There were also three injured players on the Alabama sideline–wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, who almost certainly will not play this year as he continues to recover from a broken leg; halfback Glen Coffee, who has missed all season with a knee injury and may be redshirted; and safety Cory Reamer, who reinjured the knee that knocked him out the last half of 2005.

There was no limit on the number who could dress or play as is the case in Southeastern Conference games. This week at Arkansas Bama will be limited to 70, while the homestanding Razorbacks will be able to dress 95 but play only 80.

Against Louisiana Monroe Alabama played a season-high 70 men–34 on offense, 27 on defense, and 9 just on special teams.

For the first time this year, Alabama opened the game with so-called normal personnel on both offense and defense. That means on offense there were two wide receivers, one tight end, a fullback and halfback. On defense, it was four defensive linemen, three linebackers and four defensive backs. That meant Dominic Lee got his first start of the season at defensive tackle. Lee had played in 29 previous Bama games, but had never started.

Also getting his first start of the year was wide receiver D.J. Hall .

Matt Collins was back as the starter at middle linebacker. He started the opening game of the year and Prince Hall started the second game.Collins was in on 20 plays and Hall 23.

Junior place kicker Jamie Christensen made his 2006 debut after missing the first two games with a groin injury. Christensen handled most the Crimson Tide's kickoff duties in the game. Others seeing duty for the first time this season were wide receiver Danny Barger, fullback Will Denniston, and quarterback Marc Guillon.

Nine players made their Bama debuts. They were linebacker Eryk Anders, quarterback Jimmy Barnes, offensive lineman Drew Davis, wide receiver Aaron McDaniel, linebacker Darren Mustin, wide receiver Darwin Salaam, defensive lineman Byron Walton, defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington, and tight end Reyn Willis.

Four players who had been on special teams got to play on offense. Three of them are halfbacks–Upchurch, Terry Grant, and Ali Sharrief. Evan Cardwell played at center.

Here are those who played against Louisiana Monroe with starters listed first and the number of plays in parenthesis. If there are two numbers, the second is the number of plays on special teams.


Split End—D. J. Hall (40), Matt Caddell (17), Aaron McDaniel (4), Darwin Salaam (2)

Left Tackle—Andre Smith (47-6), Cody Davis (19-2), Drew Davis (6)

Left Guard—Justin Britt (47), Marlon Davis (29)

Center—Antoine Caldwell (47), Evan Cardwell (19-8)

Right Guard—B.J. Stabler (37), Mike Johnson (19-8)

Right Tackle—Chris Capps (47-6), Kyle Tatum (13-2)

Tight End—Travis McCall (37-12), Nick Walker (28-8), Charles Hoke (12-8), Reyn Willis (2)

Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (47), Marc Guillon (13), Jimmy Barnes (6)

Halfback—Kenneth Darby (35), Roy Upchurch (14-10), Terry Grant (4-2), Ali Sharrief (6-10)

Fullback—LéRon McClain (32-10), Tim Castille (15), Baron Huber (10-4), Will Denniston (6)

Flanker—Keith Brown (35), Will Oakley (23), Nikita Stover (4),Danny Barger (4)


Left End—Wallace Gilberry (36), Chris Harris (14)

Left Tackle—Jeremy Clark (23), Byron Walton (1)

Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (20), J.P. Adams (13), Lorenzo Washington (2)

Right End—Keith Saunders (29), Bobby Greenwood (17), Ezekial Knight (9-7),

Strongside Linebacker—Terrence Jones (46-2), Zach Schreiber (12-8)

Middle Linebacker— Matt Collins (20-2), Prince Hall (23)

Weakside Linebacker—Demarcus Waldrop (35-2), Marcel Stamps (17-15)

Left Cornerback—Ramzee Robinson (49)Chris Rogers (3-16),Marquis Johnson (5-20)

Right Cornerback—Simeon Castille (49-3), Eric Gray (19-18)

Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (49-10), Justin Woodall (3-18),

Safety—Marcus Carter (49-4), Rashad Johnson (23-12), Bryan Kilpatrick (3-10), Sam Burnthall (3-8)


Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (2 punts, 3 field goals, 5 extra point)

Snapper—Luke Spaulding (2 punts, 3 field goals, 5 extra point)

Placekicker—Leigh Tiffin (3 field goals, 5 extra point), Jamie Christensen (6 kickoffs), Andrew Friedman (2 kickoffs)

Coverage and Returns—Javier Arenas (7), Forress Rayford (12), Eryk Anders (1), Darren Mustin (2)

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