TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Now that we’ve broken down every position, its time to take a look at Alabama’s depth chart heading into the summer.
This is simply a projection, as we all know Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban isn’t a fan of depth charts.
Editor’s note: This depth chart is based on spring practice, and doesn’t include summer enrollees.
Starter: Cooper Bateman (R-JR)
Backup(s): David Cornwell (R-SO), Blake Barnett (R-FR), Jalen Hurts (FR)
Position breakdown: There wasn’t much separation between the quarterbacks during the spring, but if Alabama played a game tomorrow, Bateman would get the start. He has the most experience in the offense. One of the young players could make things interesting in the fall, though.
Starter: Bo Scarbrough (SO)
Backup: Damien Harris (SO)
Position breakdown: Since Scarbrough worked with the first-team offense on A-Day, he gets the nod as the starter. But the biggest question here is depth. Alabama is counting on its top two guys developing and staying healthy, while also hoping the two summer enrollees — Joshua Jacobs and B.J. Emmons — can contribute early.
Starters: Calvin Ridley (SO), ArDarius Stewart (JR), Robert Foster (JR)
Backups: Derek Kief (SO), Cam Sims (JR), Daylon Charlot (FR), Raheem Falkins (SR), T.J. Simmons (FR)
Position breakdown: This group should be the strength of the offense as long as Alabama can find a quarterback to get them the ball. Alabama’s starting trio has the potential to be one of the best in the nation.
Starter: O.J. Howard (SR)
Backups: Hale Hentges (SO), Miller Forristall (FR)
Position breakdown: Howard headlines a somewhat inexperienced group here. Hentges saw a lot of playing time as a freshman, and should step into a bigger role. Forristall could surprise some people as a pass catcher if given the opportunity.
Starters: Cam Robinson (JR), Lester Cotton (SO) — OR — Jonah Williams (FR)
Backups: Korren Kirven (SR), Bradley Bozeman (SR), Brandon Greene (SR), Matt Womack (FR)
Starters: Alphonse Taylor (SR), Brandon Kennedy (FR) — OR — Lester Cotton (SO)
Backups: Dallas Warmack (SO), Chris Owens (FR), Josh Casher (SO)
Position breakdown: As long as he gets his weight down, Taylor should be one of the two starters at offensive guard. Kennedy and Cotton worked with the first-team offense on A-Day. Cotton can play both guard and tackle, which makes him valuable.
Starter: Ross Pierschbacher (SO)
Backup: J.C. Hassenauer (JR)
Position breakdown: Pierschbacher made the move to center in the spring, and never let go of the top spot. Replacing Ryan Kelly won’t be easy, but having a talented player like Pierschbacher softens the blow.
Starters: Dalvin Tomlinson (SR), Da’Ron Payne (SO)
Backups: Johnny Dwight (SO), O.J. Smith (SO), Josh Frazier (JR)
Position breakdown: Payne and Tomlinson are a formidable duo up front as they both are expected to step into even bigger roles this season with A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed and others gone. The problem for Alabama up front is depth. Some of the others guys must step up.
Starters: Jonathan Allen (SR), Da’Shawn Hand (JR)
Position breakdown: Allen and Hand are both studs, but Alabama is in desperate need for a freshman or two to step up so those guys don’t get worn down. Alabama also uses its outside linebackers as defensive ends in pass rushing situations so things aren’t as bad as they seem from a depth standpoint.
Starters: Reuben Foster (SR), Shaun Dion Hamilton (JR)
Backups: Rashaan Evans (JR), Keith Holcombe (SO)
Position breakdown: Foster has All-American potential written all over him. Look for Hamilton to play a bigger role this season with Reggie Ragland gone. Don’t be surprised if Evans gets a lot of reps in Alabama’s nickel defense.
Starters: Tim Williams (SR), Ryan Anderson (SR)
Backups: Christian Miller (SO), Anfernee Jennings (SO)
Position breakdown: Williams and Anderson return as one of the best pass rushing duos in the country. Alabama’s opponents should be scared. Young guys like Miller and Jennings should see roles in pass rushing situations as well.
Starters: Marlon Humphrey (R-SO), Minkah Fitzpatrick (SO)
Backups: Anthony Averett (JR), Tony Brown (JR), Maurice Smith (SR), Kendall Sheffield (R-FR)
Position breakdown: Both Humphrey and Fitzpatrick have the makings of All-SEC type players. Expect big years from both of those two as they grow even more comfortable in the system. Alabama also has plenty of depth at cornerback if anything happens to the top two guys.
Starters: Eddie Jackson (SR), Ronnie Harrison (SO)
Backups: Shawn Burgess-Becker (SO), Deionte Thompson (R-FR)
Position breakdown: Jackson and Harrison are both ballhawks on the backend. Jackson returns after finishing in the top-10 in the country and tied for first in the SEC with six interceptions, including two touchdown returns.
Starter: Adam Griffith (SR)/JK Scott (JR)
Position breakdown: Having both Griffith and Scott back provides a lot of depth to Alabama’s special teams unit. Griffith has been up and down throughout his career, but has a strong leg. Scott punted well during the spring, and should look more like what he showed his freshman season this coming year.