Depth Chart Vs. FIU

Alabama dressed 114 men for its homecoming game against Florida International in Tuscaloosa. The Golden Panthers, who had suspended 18 players following a brawl in its game against Miami prior to the Bama contest, added four players at the last moment and still had only 52 dressed. Quantity, however, had little to do with the decisive Crimson Tide victory.

It was good that Alabama was playing a non-conference opponent for homecoming. That means the ridiculous Southeastern Conference rule on squad limits was not in force and the Crimson Tide could have all deserving players in uniform for the game. This week the SEC limits will have Alabama, the home team, limited to 95 dressed, of which 80 will be designated as eligible to play, and lvisiting Mississippi State will be limited to 70 players.

Against Florida International, Alabama played 69 men. Alabama opened the game in normal offensive and defensive alignments, meaning two wide receivers, two running backs, and a tight end on offense and four linemen, three linebackers and four backs on defense. Bama used 26 on offense, 35 on defense, and eight just on special teams.

Sophomore right guard Marlon Davis got his second career start, and first since the second game of 2005 against Southern Miss. He started in place of B.J. Stabler, who was held out of the game in order to rest his injured knee. Stabler had started 18 consecutive games. Keith Brown missed his second consecutive game as Will Oakley got his third straight start at wide receiver. Safety Rashad Johnson got his second consecutive start.

Four players made a playing debut Saturday. They are junior linebacker Kenneth Vandervoort, freshman snapper Brian Selman, freshman defensive tackle Brandon Fanney, and sophomore quarterback Trent Dean on kickoff coverage. Junior defensive lineman Justin Johnson saw his first action of this season.

Center Antoine Caldwell, halfback Kenneth Darby, and defensive end Wallace Gilberry extended their starting streaks to 20 games, longest of any current Tide players. Defensive end Chris Harris played in his 38th game, the most by any Alabama player without a career start.

Here are those who played against Florida International 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.

OFFENSE

Split End—D. J. Hall (36), Nikita Stover (17), Mike McCoy (5)

Left Tackle—Andre Smith (44-3), Cody Davis (11-2)

Left Guard—Justin Britt (39), Mike Johnson (11-5)

Center—Antoine Caldwell (38), Evan Cardwell (22-5)

Right Guard—Marlon Davis (55)

Right Tackle—Chris Capps (29-2), Kyle Tatum (26-3)

Tight End—Travis McCall (32-13), Nick Walker (32-5), Charles Hoke (5-7), Will Denniston (1)

Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (33), Jimmy Barnes (22)

Halfback—Kenneth Darby (17), Jimmy Johns (17-6), Ali Sharrief (11-11)

Fullback—LéRon McClain (20-13), Tim Castille (25-6), Baron Huber (7-2)

Flanker—Will Oakley (34), Matt Caddell (16-2)

DEFENSE

Left End—Wallace Gilberry (30), Chris Harris (24), Justin Johnson (1)

Left Tackle—Jeremy Clark (20), Lorenzo Washington (11), Byron Walton (1)

Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (18), J.P. Adams (10), Brandon Deaderick (7), Brandon Fanney (1)

Right End—Keith Saunders (27), Bobby Greenwood (27)

Strongside Linebacker—Terrence Jones (30), Demarcus Waldrop (21-18), Marcel Stamps (4)

Middle Linebacker— Prince Hall (30), Matt Collins (18), Darren Mustin (6-7), Kenneth Vandervoort (3)

Weakside Linebacker—Juwan Simpson (29-6), Zach Schreiber (17-9), Eryk Anders (4-7)

Left Cornerback—Ramzee Robinson (48), Eric Gray (18-18), Marquis Johnson (6-14)

Right Cornerback—Simeon Castille (48-12), Lionel Mitchell (16-2), Chris Rogers (6-13), Forress Rayford (3-13)

Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (48-9), Justin Woodall (6-16), Bryan Kilpatrick (3-15)

Safety—Rashad Johnson (25-8), Marcus Carter (23-5), Sam Burnthall (3-18)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (6 punts, 1 field goal, 4 extra points)

Snapper—Luke Spaulding (6 punts, 1 field goal, 3 extra points), Brian Selman (1 extra point)

Placekicker—Jamie Christensen (5 kickoffs, 1 field goal, 2 extra points), Leigh Tiffin (2 kickoffs, 2 extra points

Coverage and Returns—Javier Arenas (9), Trent Dean (1), Danny Barger (2)


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