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 .
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.
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)
Center—Antoine Caldwell (47), Evan Cardwell (19-8)
Right Guard—B.J. Stabler (37), Mike Johnson (19-8)
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)
Left Tackle—Jeremy Clark (23), Byron Walton (1)
Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (20), J.P. Adams (13), Lorenzo Washington (2)
Middle Linebacker— Matt Collins (20-2), Prince Hall (23)
Weakside Linebacker—Demarcus Waldrop (35-2), Marcel Stamps (17-15)
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)
Coverage and Returns—Javier Arenas (7), Forress Rayford (12), Eryk Anders (1), Darren Mustin (2)