For the third time this year Alabama's opening defense had four defensive linemen, meaning Dominic Lee was in the starting lineup at tackle. In the secondary, Rashad Johnson got his second start of the season. He had opened in the Hawaii game, but it was as a nickel back against the Warriors. Against Tennessee he started at safety in place of Marcus Carter.
On offense, Will Oakley got his consecutive start. Keith Brown, who suffered a knee injury against Ole Miss last week, was dressed, but did not play in the game. It was the first game Brown had not started since the Utah State game a year ago. Oakley was in on 57 plays and fellow starting wide receiver D.J. Hall 55 as back-up wide receivers had little playing time. Freshman Mike McCoy was used for only one play. He had two plays against Hawaii, his only other game action.
Left tackle Andre Smith was out of the game for three plays. His spot was taken by Chris Capps, last year's left tackle who now plays right tackle. Capps played every offensive snap. Kyle Tatum, last year's starting right tackle, played that position the three plays that Smith was out. Evan Cardwell played eight snaps at center with Antoine Caldwell moving over to replace Justin Britt at left guard those plays.
Caldwell, halfback Kenneth Darby, and defensive end Wallace Gilberry extended their starting streaks to 19 games, longest of any current Tide players. Chris Harris played in his 37th game, the most by any Alabama player without a career start.
Alabama dressed the Southeastern Conference limit of 70 men as the visiting team in a league game. (The home team is allowed to dress 95 and 80 of those may be designated as eligible to play.) The Tide used 58 men against the Vols, 21 on offense, 21 on defense, and 16 just on special teams.
Here are those who played against Tennessee 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 (55), Nikita Stover (16), Mike McCoy (1)
Left Tackle—Andre Smith (55-3)
Left Guard—Justin Britt (50)
Center—Antoine Caldwell (58), Evan Cardwell (8-3)
Right Tackle—Chris Capps (58-3), Kyle Tatum (3)
Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (58)
Halfback—Kenneth Darby (29), Jimmy Johns (11-14)
Fullback—LéRon McClain (25-17), Tim Castille (33)
Flanker—Will Oakley (57), Matt Caddell (22)
Left End—Wallace Gilberry (54), Chris Harris (18)
Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (37), J.P. Adams (31)
Left Cornerback—Ramzee Robinson (71-3)
Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (71-7)
Safety—Rashad Johnson (42-18), Marcus Carter (31-5)
Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (9 punts, 2 field goals, 1 extra point)
Snapper—Luke Spaulding (9 punts, 2 field goals, 1 extra point)
Placekicker—Jamie Christensen (4 kickoffs, 2 field goals, 1 extra point)
Coverage and Returns—Marcel Stamps (4), Chris Rogers (8), Marquis Johnson (11), Ali Sharrief (9), Justin Woodall (8), Javier Arenas (9), Bryan Kilpatrick (18), Forress Rayford (4), Eryk Anders (4), Eric Gray (13), Baron Huber (5), Sam Burnthall (13), Mike Johnson (3)