Alabama will be back under Southeastern Conference roster restrictions this week. As the home team in an SEC game, Bama will be allowed to dress 95 players, of which 80 will be designated as eligible to participate in the game. The visiting team, Ole Miss, will be limited to 70 players dressed.
Alabama hosts Ole Miss at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. CBS will televise the game.
Defensive tackle Dominic Lee was the starter for the second time this year, as was middle linebacker Prince Hall. Strongside linebacker Terrence Jones returned to the starting lineup as Demarcus Waldrop went to back-up status after two consecutive starts.
At right guard, B.J. Stabler was in his usual starting role, but played only 29 snaps. Back-up Marlon Davis was in for 34 offensive plays.
In last week's game against Duke, Alabama coaches selected fullback LéRon McClain as the offensive player of the week, end Wallace Gilberry as the defensive player of the week, and Eric Gray (who participates on punt return, kickoff coverage and kickoff return teams) as special teams player of the week.
There was no limit on the number of players Alabama could dress or play in the non-conference game against Duke and 108 were in uniform. But it didn't really matter. Against Duke, Alabama played only 60 men–26 on offense, 27 on defense, and seven just on special teams. Several got only token playing time. Seven of the 26 men who saw offensive action got only two snaps.
Here are those who played against Duke 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.
Left Tackle—Andre Smith (62-6), Cody Davis (2)
Left Guard—Justin Britt (58), Mike Johnson (2-6)
Right Guard—B.J. Stabler (29), Marlon Davis (34)
Right Tackle—Chris Capps (62-6), Kyle Tatum (2)
Left End—Wallace Gilberry (51), Chris Harris (11)
Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (31), J.P. Adams (11)
Strongside Linebacker—Terrence Jones (34), Demarcus Waldrop (11-5), Eryk Anders (2)
Weakside Linebacker—Juwan Simpson (51-5), Zach Schreiber (26-5)
Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (56-6), Justin Woodall (6-11)
Safety—Marcus Carter (32-3), Rashad Johnson (26-17), Sam Burnthall (6-14)
Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (3 punts, 2 field goals, 3 extra points)
Snapper—Luke Spaulding (3 punts, 2 field goals, 3 extra points)
Placekicker—Jamie Christensen (6 kickoffs, 2 field goals, 3 extra points)