Line-Up Changes Coming?

The man who starts a football game is usually considered the first team player at that position. And the first teamer usually gets most of the playing time in a tight game. But against Florida Saturday, a handful of back-up players got more snaps than the starters. Does that portend some lineup changes for Alabama when the Crimson Tide hosts Duke Saturday?

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.

Late in the game, Antoine Caldwell returned to his 2005 position of left guard replacing Justin Britt, with Evan Cardwell taking over center duties for five plays.

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.

Bama is opening with only one defensive tackle, Jeremy Clark, with Dominic Lee the defensive line first teamer left out of the starting lineup.

Wide receiver D.J. Hall was back with Javier Arenas on kickoff returns and Arenas was the punt return man.

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 Guard—B.J. Stabler (66), Marlon Davis (11)

Right Tackle—Chris Capps (38-3), Kyle Tatum (34-1)

Tight End—Travis McCall (33-7), Nick Walker (29-4)

Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (72)

Halfback—Kenneth Darby (40), Jimmy Johns (14-12)

Fullback—LéRon McClain (30-12), Tim Castille (41)

Flanker—Keith Brown (68), Will Oakley (16)


Left End—Wallace Gilberry (43), Chris Harris (16)

Left Tackle—Jeremy Clark (36)

Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (25), J.P. Adams (17)

Right End—Keith Saunders (43), Bobby Greenwood (16)

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)

Left Cornerback—Ramzee Robinson (57), Marquis Johnson (2-11)

Right Cornerback—Simeon Castille (59), Lionel Mitchell (42), Eric Gray (2-13)

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)

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