Demarcus Waldrop got his second consecutive start for Alabama. After starting at weakside linebacker in place of a suspended Juwan Simpson for the Louisiana Monroe game, Waldrop started at strongside linebacker in place of Terrence Jones, who was held out of the Arkansas game with a shoulder injury. Simpson returned to the starting lineup.
Lionel Mitchell, also suspended for the Louisiana Monroe game, was back for Arkansas and made his second start as Bama's nickel back. As has been the case in three of four games this year, Alabama opened the game with just three defensive linemen, along with three linebackers and five defensive backs.
Dominic Lee was the defensive line first teamer left out of the starting lineup.
Prior to the game it was announced that three players were having surgery and at least two of them are lost for the season. It was no surprise that senior wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, who has not played since breaking his leg in the Florida game last October 1, would have more surgery and would not play this year. He is expected back in 2006. Freshman halfback Terry Grant, who was injured early in the season but came back to play against Louisiana Monroe, has had shoulder surgery and will be out the rest of the year. Soph safety Cory Reamer, who missed the last half of last season with a knee injury, reinjurd the knee and had arthroscopic surgery. He may be able to return this season. Soph running back Glen Coffee, who also had redshirt eligibility, has not played this year as he recuperates from knee surgery, but he has not been ruled out from playing. All can be redshirted.
Here are those who played against Arkansas with first team players 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 (60), Matt Caddell (19)
Left Tackle—Andre Smith (74-7)
Left Guard—Justin Britt (74)
Center—Antoine Caldwell (74)
Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (74)
Fullback—Le'Ron McClain (54-8), Tim Castille (18)
Left Tackle—Jeremy Clark (42)
Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (21), J.P. Adams (10)
Strongside Linebacker—Demarcus Waldrop (54-3), Zach Schreiber (3-7)
Weakside Linebacker—Juwan Simpson (59-3)
Left Cornerback—Ramzee Robinson (57)
Right Cornerback—Simeon Castille (59-3), Lionel Mitchell (47)
Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (57-3)
Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (3 punts, 4 field goals, 3 extra point)
Snapper—Luke Spaulding (3 punts, 4 field goals, 3 extra point)
Coverage and Returns—Roy Upchurch (8), Marcel Stamps (4), Chris Rogers (7), Marquis Johnson (10), Ali Sharrief (8), Justin Woodall (3), Javier Arenas (5), Bryan Kilpatrick (6), Forress Rayford (4), Eric Gray (11), Baron Huber (4), Sam Burnthall (11), Evan Cardwell (7), Michael Johnson (7)