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A Maybe - Could Be 'Depth Chart' - OOPS!, Saban Doesn't Have A Depth Chart...

on 4/08/2017

Crimson Tide Football:

A Maybe, could be 'Depth Chart', of course this could be out of wack by the time Sept. 2nd arrives, per arrest's and the like...
Quater Back:
  1. Jalon Hurts
  2. Montana Murphy
  3. Tua Tagovailoa
  4. Mac Jones
  5. This is pretty straight forward. A starter returns as two freshmen enroll early - Murphy could be the back-up to allow for red-shirts.
Running Back:

  1. Damien Harris/Bo Scarbrough (limited in practice after breaking leg in championship game)
  2. Josh Jacobs
  3. B.J. Emmons (limited after 2016 foot injury)
  4. Najee Harris/Brian Robinson
  5. This one is more complicated with the talent returning and arriving. The injuries to Scarbough and Emmons don't help clear up the logjam. The intrigue here will continue well into August.
Left Tackle:
  1. Jonah Williams
  2. Chris Owens
  3. Alex Leatherwood
  4. Williams was a breakout star at right tackle, so his move to the left side in Cam Robinson's absence was expected.
Left Guard:
  1. Ross Pierschbacher
  2. Dallas Warmack
  3. Pierschbacher is a returning starter while Warmack has been providing depth at guard for the past two seasons.
Center:
  1. Bradley Bozeman
  2. J.C. Hassenauer
  3. Bozeman also returns to his starting job a year after winning the job vacated by Ryan Kelly. There are no indications this will change.
Right Guard:
  1. Lester Cotton
  2. Brandon Kennedy
  3. Cotton was a starter at this position two different times last season and has been back working with the first group after the two other 2016 starters graduated.
Right Tackle:
  1. Matt Womack
  2. Scott Lashley
  3. Elliott Baker
  4. This is based on what's been observed in practice so far. A lot could still happen with Baker learning the offense after a JUCO transfer. Alex Leatherwood could always be a candidate here.
Tight Ends:
  1. Miller Forristall
  2. Hale Hentges
  3. They will feel the loss of O.J. Howard, but Forristall and Hentges both have experience.
Wide Receivers:
  1. Calvin Ridley
  2. Derek Kief
  3. Ridley returns for a third year as the clear-cut top target.
Wide Receivers:
  1. Cam Sims
  2. Jerry Jeudy
  3. Xavian Marks
  4. Sims has the experience in the program while Jeudy will be one to watch as an early arriving five-star prospect.
Wide Receivers:
  1. Robert Foster
  2. T.J. Simmons
  3. This could be the year Foster breaks out after arriving in 2013 as the No. 1 high school receiver in the country.
Defensive Ends:
  1. Da'Shawn Hand
  2. Isaiah Buggs
  3. Buggs, a JUCO transfer, could challenge for a role in the different looks Alabama presents up front.
Nose Tackles:
  1. Da'Ron Payne
  2. Raekwon Davis
  3. Payne was a big part of the 2016 defensive line overshadowed by stars like Jonathan Allen. Davis, the 6-foot-7 lineman, is also in position to play a role after learning the defense as a freshman.
Defensive Ends:
  1. Joshua Frazier
  2. Quinnen Williams
  3. There was considerable offseason praise for Williams, so keep an eye on him moving forward
Outside Linebackers:
  1. Anfernee Jennings
  2. Terrell Hall
  3. The loss of outside linebackers Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams presents a great opportunity for both Jennings and Hall. Expect both to have considerable roles.
Outside Linebackers:
  1. Christian Miller
  2. Jamey Mosleyl
  3. Ben Davis
  4. Miller has waited his turn and should have a role as an edge rusher in 2017. It'll be interesting to see how Davis fits into his new position after redshirting as a middle linebacker last season.
Middle Linebackers:
  1. Shaun Dion Hamilton (out for spring with torn ACL from SEC Championship)
  2. Mack Wilson
  3. Hamilton should be fine by August, but that opens an opportunity for young players like Wilson in spring.
Middle Linebackers:
  1. Rashaan Evans
  2. Keith Holcombe
  3. Dylan Moses
  4. Evans moved into a starting role after Hamilton's injury in the SEC Championship. Holcombe has been a steady backup while Moses brings the potential of a national high school player of the year.
CornerBacks:
  1. Anthony Averett
  2. Tony Brown
  3. Aaron Robinson
  4. Averett is a returning starter while Brown could fit into a number of roles in the secondary.
CornerBacks:
  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick
  2. Trevon Diggs
  3. Fitzpatrick could play anywhere in the secondary, but is back at cornerback for the time being. Diggs is also giving the spot a try after spending time at receiver at times last year.
Star:
  1. Shyheim Carter
  2. Tony Brown
  3. There's room for movement here with a long time to go before September.
Safety:
  1. Ronnie Harrison
  2. Deionte Thompson
  3. Harrison will be a leader as a junior. Thompson could work into a starting role at the other safety.
Safety:
  1. Hootie Jones
  2. Jared Mayden (injured currently)
  3. Depth isn't a strength right now at safety.

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