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Depth Chart As Issued By Alabama
Posted Aug 26, 2013
Very early in the Nick Saban era at Alabama – like before the beginning of his first spring practice – we learned that Saban does not use a depth chart, at least not in the very public way that some coaches do. We did learn that on the Monday prior to the opening game of the season that he will give reporters a depth chart. Another depth chart will be issued prior to a bowl game.
And so it has become something of a red letter day among sportswriters when the Monday before the opening game arrives and we are presented with something of a depth chart. That depth chart, however, is not distributed prior to Coach
’s appearance before the media. Just as well based on what he had to say about it Monday.
“If I were you,” Saban said, “I wouldn't make too much of the depth chart we released. It's a chore for me to do that, it really is. I know it's important to you so we wanted to provide you with something. But don't ask me questions because I'm telling you now, it's for you. The depth chart isn't for our team. It's for you so you can have it, write about it, and talk about it.
“You made me do a depth chart when I didn't want to do one.”
First of all, everyone who believes that the press corps made Saban do a depth chart and that he did it even though he didn’t want to, raise your hand.
Nevertheless, our obligation to you, our readers, is to share this depth chart as issued Monday as
prepares for its opening game. The Crimson Tide, the pre-season number one team in the nation, will take on the
Hokies in the season-opener at 5:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 central time) Saturday in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. ESPN will televise the game.
Even though the depth chart is downplayed by Saban, and certainly subject to change, sometimes it is interesting. Most times, though, it is almost exactly what anyone who has been paying close attention would suspect, at least as far as the first team players.
Although he didn’t say it Monday, Saban usually has the admonition that the word “or” on the depth chart “means ‘or’.” There are a few of those, and one might say a couple of them are mildly surprising.
at flanker is listed with
on the first team.
, who spent much of fall camp with the defensive linemen, is listed first team at jack linebacker with
, who was briefly suspended and said to be having to work his way back up the depth chart, seems to have done it. He is listed first at middle linebacker. Second is true freshman
Here is the depth as issued by Alabama football on Monday:
Nose Tackle –
Strongside Linebacker –
Middle Linebacker – Trey DePriest
Weakside Linebacker –
Jack Linebacker – Xzavier Dickson or Denzel Devall
Strong Safety –
Left Tackle –
Left Guard –
Kellen Williams or
Right Guard –
Right Tackle – Austin Shep;herd
Tight End –
H-Back/Tight End –
(There was no third quarterback listed)
Running Back –
Split End –
Flanker – Kevin Norwood or Kenny Bell
Slot Receiver –
Holder – AJ McCarron
Punt Return – Christion Jones
Kickoff Return – Christion Jones
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