Bama lost its second consecutive game last Saturday in Gainesville, falling to Florida. The Tide and the Duke Blue Devils will kick off at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The only television coverage will be on a Pay Per View basis.
Against Florida, Rashad Johnson played 37 plays at safety and starter Marcus Carter played only 21. Matt Collins started at middle linebacker, but as has been the case most of the year Prince Hall got more defensive snaps, 47-13. It was also a game in which Tim Castille (41) got more snaps than starter LéRon McClain (30) at fullback (although a couple of Castille's snaps were as the tailback in the Jumbo Package).
For the second consecutive week, Alabama was allowed only 70 players for the Southeastern Conference road game at Florida. (The home team in SEC games gets to dress 95 with 80 designated as eligible to participate in the game.) With a non-conference game this week against Duke there will be no limit on the number Bama can dress or play.
Although Jamie Christensen has been kicking off for a few weeks, he got his first work as extra point-field goal kicker. He was good on two short field goals, missed a long one, and made the one extra point try.
Demarcus Waldrop got his third consecutive start. 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. Jones, who was held out of the Arkansas game with a shoulder injury, played against Florida.
Lionel Mitchell made his second consecutive and third overall start as the nickel back as Bama had its fourth game of the year opening with three down linemen, three linebackers, and five defensive backs.
Against Florida, Alabama played 55 men–19 on offense, 21 on defense, and 15 just on special teams.
Here are those who played against Florida 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 (65-2), Matt Caddell (24)
Left Tackle—Andre Smith (72-4)
Left Guard—Justin Britt (62)
Center—Antoine Caldwell (72), Evan Cardwell (5-4)
Right Tackle—Chris Capps (38-3), Kyle Tatum (34-1)
Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (72)
Fullback—LéRon McClain (30-12), Tim Castille (41)
Left Tackle—Jeremy Clark (36)
Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (25), J.P. Adams (17)
Strongside Linebacker—Demarcus Waldrop (26-4), Terrence Jones (32)
Middle Linebacker— Matt Collins (13-3), Prince Hall (47)
Weakside Linebacker—Juwan Simpson (56-3), Zach Schreiber (1-4)
Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (58-3)
Safety—Marcus Carter (21-5), Rashad Johnson (37-14)
Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (3 punts, 3 field goals, 1 extra point)
Snapper—Luke Spaulding (3 punts, 3 field goals, 1 extra point)
Placekicker—Jamie Christensen (4 kickoffs, 3 field goals, 1 extra point)
Coverage and Returns—Marcel Stamps (4), Chris Rogers (8), Ali Sharrief (9), Justin Woodall (8), Javier Arenas (9), Bryan Kilpatrick (12), Baron Huber (5), Sam Burnthall (9), Darren Mustin (8), Michael Johnson (4), Charles Hoke (9), Lorenzo Washington (4)