Depth Chart Vs. LSU

Alabama returned to its nickel package with five defensive backs and only three defensive linemen (along with three linebackers) at LSU Saturday. There were two new starters on defense with Eric Gray getting his first start at right cornerback (and Simeon Castille the nickel back) and Bobby Greenwood moving ahead of Keith Saunders at right defensive end.

Also on defense, Jeremy Clark (who had suffered an ankle injury in practice) did not start at tackle. Dominic Lee, a starter when Bama is in a four-man front, got the start on the defensive line with Greenwood and end Wallace Gilberry. Rashad Johnson, who had taken over as starting safety, missed the game with a knee injury and Marcus Carter returned to the starting lineup.

Although he suffered new injuries during the game, wide receiver Keith Brown got his first start in a couple of weeks after having missed playing time with a knee injury.

Marlon Davis started at right guard and B.J. Stabler, who has been the starter at right guard most of the past two seasons, did not play against LSU. Stabler has been nursing a knee injury. Chris Capps started at right tackle, but left the game after only seven plays with a knee injury. Kyle Tatum, the 2004 and 2005 starter at right tackle, replaced Capps and went the rest of the way.

The Southeastern Conference limits were in effect for last week's game. Visiting Alabama had only 70 men dressed, while LSU was allowed to dress 95, of which 80 were eligible for competition. This week it will be the Auburn with the 70 limit at Bryant-Denny Stadium, while Bama will be on the 95-80 plan.

Alabama, 6-5 overall and 2-5 in SEC games, hosts Auburn, 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the conference. Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. CST with television coverage by CBS.

Alabama played 54 men against LSU. The Tide used 19 on offense, 20 on defense, and 15 just on special teams.

Center Antoine Caldwell (who played three snaps at left guard), halfback Kenneth Darby, and defensive end Wallace Gilberry extended their starting streaks to 22 games, longest of any current Tide players. Defensive end Chris Harris played in his 40th game, the most by any Alabama player without a career start.

Here are those who played against LSU 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 (48-1), Nikita Stover (24)

Left Tackle—Andre Smith (64-4)

Left Guard—Justin Britt (61)

Center—Antoine Caldwell (62), Evan Cardwell (5-4)

Right Guard—Marlon Davis (64)

Right Tackle—Chris Capps (7), Kyle Tatum (57-4)

Tight End—Travis McCall (47-13), Nick Walker (5-4)

Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (64)

Halfback—Kenneth Darby (36), Jimmy Johns (13-5)

Fullback—LéRon McClain (39-13), Tim Castille (27-9)

Flanker—Keith Brown (32), Will Oakley (40), Matt Caddell (9-4)

DEFENSE

Left End—Wallace Gilberry (32), Chris Harris (26)

Left Tackle—Jeremy Clark (29), Brandon Deaderick (13)

Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (28), J.P. Adams (22)

Right End—Bobby Greenwood (33), Keith Saunders (25)

Strongside Linebacker—Terrence Jones (56-4), Demarcus Waldrop (2-9)

Middle Linebacker— Prince Hall (48-1), Matt Collins (15)

Weakside Linebacker—Juwan Simpson (56-4), Zach Schreiber (4-4)

Left Cornerback—Ramzee Robinson (58)

Right Cornerback—Simeon Castille (58-4), Eric Gray (10-16), Lionel Mitchell (14)

Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (58-6)

Safety—Marcus Carter (58-8)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (4 punts, 2 field goals, 2 extra points)

Snapper—Luke Spaulding (4 punts, 2 field goals, 2 extra points)

Placekicker—Jamie Christensen (3 kickoffs, 2 field goals, 2 extra points)

Coverage and Returns—Chris Rogers (7), Marquis Johnson (13), Ali Sharrief (10), Justin Woodall (3), Javier Arenas (9), Bryan Kilpatrick (8), Forress Rayford (6), Eryk Anders (2), Darren Mustin (6), Michael Johnson (4), Charles Hoke (9), Lorenzo Washington (4)


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