Alabama played 54 men against Auburn. The Tide used 20 on offense, 20 on defense, and 14 just on special teams. The Southeastern Conference limits were in effect for last week's game. Alabama was allowed to dress 95 of which 80 were eligible for competition, and Auburn was limited to 70 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
On defense, Alabama continued in its nickel package with five backs and only three linemen (along with three linebackers) against Auburn Saturday. As had been the case the previous week against LSU, Eric Gray was the starter at right cornerback (and Simeon Castille the nickel back) and Bobby Greenwood started at right end. There was a change at tackle where Jeremy Clark started and Dominic Lee came in when the Tide shifted to a four-man front.
On offense, wide receiver Keith Brown was able to play despite knee and ankle injuries, but Will Oakley got the start. 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 for the second consecutive game. Stabler has been nursing a knee injury. Chris Capps started at right tackle, but played only 22 snaps.
Caldwell, halfback Kenneth Darby, and defensive end Wallace Gilberry extended their starting streaks to 23 games, longest of any current Tide players. Defensive end Chris Harris played in his 41st game, the most by any current Alabama player without a career start.
Here are those who played against Auburn 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. The "special teams" included Bama's regular offense with the Tide twice attempting two-point after touchdown conversions.
Split End—D. J. Hall (56-2), Nikita Stover (20-1)
Left Tackle—Andre Smith (63-3)
Left Guard—Justin Britt (60-2)
Right Guard—Marlon Davis (63-2)
Right Tackle—Chris Capps (22-1), Kyle Tatum (32-1)
Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (63-2)
Halfback—Kenneth Darby (35-1), Jimmy Johns (10-17)
Fullback—LéRon McClain (36-10), Tim Castille (27-9)
Flanker—Will Oakley (22-1), Keith Brown (54-2), Matt Caddell (8)
Left End—Wallace Gilberry (42), Chris Harris (17)
Right Tackle—Dominic Lee (38), Brandon Deaderick (7)
Right End—Bobby Greenwood (40), Keith Saunders (19)
Weakside Linebacker—Juwan Simpson (59-4)
Left Cornerback—Ramzee Robinson (59)
Right Cornerback—Simeon Castille (59-6), Eric Gray (13-17), Lionel Mitchell (10-1)
Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (59-7)
Safety—Marcus Carter (59-4)
Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (4 punts, 1 field goal)
Snapper—Luke Spaulding (4 punts, 1 field goals)
Placekicker—Jamie Christensen (4 kickoffs, 1 field goal)
Coverage and Returns—Chris Rogers (10), Marquis Johnson (12), Ali Sharrief (10), Justin Woodall (10), Javier Arenas (10), Bryan Kilpatrick (10), Forress Rayford (1), Sam Burnthall (14), Demarcus Waldrop (13), Darren Mustin (4), Michael Johnson (1)