Monday, August 29, 2011
Alabama releases depth chart
By ESPN.com staff
Barrett Jones will open at left offensive tackle, and redshirt freshman DeAndrew White is a starter at receiver, according to the depth chart released Monday by Alabama.
White moves into a starting role at receiver with senior Darius Hanks unavailable for the first two games. In accordance with NCAA rules, Hanks has to sit out the first two games against Kent State and Penn State in order to be eligible the remainder of this season. Hanks played in one game in 2007.
Jones, a junior, was an All-SEC selection at right guard last season for the Crimson Tide, but has worked at both guard spots, center and left tackle this preseason. There's still a chance that Jones will go back to guard if true freshman Cyrus Kouandjio continues to develop at left tackle. It's probably just a matter of time before the 6-6, 322-pound Kouandjio cracks the starting lineup. He's been very impressive in preseason camp, and even Jones has said that Kouandjio is one of the most talented players he's seen at this level.
Sophomore guard Anthony Steen has also been one of Alabama's most improved players and is listed as a starter at right guard. Alabama coach Nick Saban said he feels like the Tide have six or seven players up front that he considers starters. Jones is also listed at left guard on the depth chart alongside Chance Warmack. Saban said Jones would probably end up playing both tackle and guard Saturday in the opener against Kent State and that Kouandjio would play some at left tackle.
AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims are bracketed as the No. 1 quarterbacks, and both will play. That's going to be the plan for at least the first few weeks of the season.
On defense, junior college newcomer Jesse Williams is listed as the starter at one of the defensive end spots. Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley are bracketed as co-starters at weak side linebacker.
Some of the best news for the Crimson Tide on Monday involved touted junior college receiver Duron Carter. Saban said it looks like the transcript issues that had prevented Carter from joining the team earlier this preseason have been resolved. Carter was on the practice field Monday with the rest of his Alabama teammates.
Saban said it was unlikely that Carter would play in the opener and that Alabama would use this week and the next to get him up to speed. Alabama travels to Penn State the second week of the season. The 6-4, 210-pound Carter, the son of former NFL receiver Cris Carter, is expected to make an immediate impact in the Tide's passing game. He started his career at Ohio State before leaving school and going to junior college.