Tide Football Roster Adds Players

College football teams are permitted to bring 105 players into fall camp. When classes begin, the roster may be expanded to as many as the coaching staff elects. Classes began at Alabama Wednesday and on Saturday the Tide announced that 22 men had been added to the Bama football roster. There were 14 others on the spring roster who are not among the additions.

Alabama had previously announced its roster of 105 who reported for fall camp in early August. At that time it was revealed that among those who had not reported was Jonathan Lowe, the 5-7, 184-pound junior transfer from Mississippi State. Lowe, who had an excellent A-Day Game as a kick returner, had to take care of some academic issues, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban said.

Lowe took care of those issues and the son of former Bama linebacker Eddie Lowe is now in camp.

It had also been previously announced that freshman signee Nick Gentry, a defensive lineman, was not taking part in fall camp because he was undergoing surgery to take care of a previously existing problem. Gentry was not added to the roster with the start of classes, although Saban has said that his injury is not career-ending and that he may be able to participate later this year.

The roster does continue to include freshman running back Demetrius Goode, who was lost for the year with a knee injury on the opening day of practice, and freshman defensive back Chris Lett, who has a medical condition that makes it difficult for him to practice in hot weather. (It has been over 100 degrees on most Alabama practice days.)

There were 14 players -- all walk-ons -- on the spring football roster who are not on the expanded roster. No explanation is given when non-scholarshipped players do not continue.

Of the 22 added to the roster, nine were not on the spring roster. The nine include six true freshmen and three transfers.

One of the transfers is 6-4, 312-pound defensive lineman Juan Garnier, a sophomore from Everett, Md., who was at Ohio State.

Brandon Powell, a 6-2, 221-pound junior fullback from Grove Hill is listed as a transfer from Alabama Southern, and Justen Santana, a 6-0, 200-pound sophomore running back from Canton, Ga., has transferred from West Georgia.

The six freshmen added to the roster are:

Patrick Bryant, a 6-3, 209-pound quarterback from Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic; Drew Bullard, a 6-3, 241-pound fullback/linebacker from Florence; Drew Cummings, a 6-5, 216-pound tight end/defensive end from Huntington, W.V.; Robert Ezell, a 5-9, 163-pound quarterback from Athens; Adam Presley, a 5-11, 178-pound wide receiver from Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood; and Sam Snider, a 5-10, 163-pound punter and wide receiver from Norcross, Ga.

In addition to Lowe, players who participated in spring practice and joined the squad Wednesday are:

Freshman linebacker Alex Benson, 6-1, 210,Hewitt-Trussville; soph linebacker Tucker Callahan, 6-1, 217, Fairhope; junior safety Trent Dean, 5-10, 183, Decatur; soph placekicker Andrew Friedman, 6-1, 210,Fairhope (UMS-Wright); freshman safety Hampton Gray, 6-1, 188,Tuscaloosa County; soph defensive back Rajv Lundy, 6-0, 195, Delran, N.J. (Holy Cross); soph linebacker Joe Nix, 5-11, 236, Trussville; soph wide receiver Chris Pugh, 6-4, 190, Moulton (Lawrence County); soph linebacker JoeRobinson, 5-11, 230, Birmingham (Grambling); soph punter Heath Thomas, 6-3, 213, Montgomery (Trinity); freshman fullback Jacob Vane, 6-1, 232, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and freshman defensive end Lance Vickers, 6-3, 224, Athens.

Those who participated in spring practice who are not on the expanded roster announced Saturday are:

Quarterback William Vandervoort, punter Justin Martin, quarterback James Denton, punter Patrick Eads, defensive back Austin Clifford, linebacker Justin Dunn, wide receiver Cliff Murphy, wide receiver Reyn Willis, linebacker Cy Ellis, linebacker Andrew Franklin, linebacker Brian Cooper, linebacker Mitch Ray, defensive lineman Stabler Gray, and placekicker Mike Sparks.

It has been previously announced that two signees were not admitted for academic reasons. They are defensive lineman Kerry Murphy of Hoover and defensive back Michael Ricks of Courtland.

Four players previously on the roster gave up football before the start of fall camp because of career-ending injuries. They are wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, wide receiver Aaron McDaniel, defensive tackle Byron Walton, and wide receiver Jake Jones.

Running back Jamar Taylor, who took part in spring drills as a true freshman who had entered The University in January, was given his release to transfer to a college closer to his Lakeland, Fla., home.

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