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2015 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Roster: Crunching the Numbers

QB Alec Morris.
QB Alec Morris.
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It seems about this time every year, Bama fans take to wondering how the heck the football team will get to the 85 scholarship limit. Since student records are private, the public may never know who is on scholarship. However, a few educated guesses mixed with some pure speculation may shed the light on the number crunch ahead for Nick Saban and Co.

Moving On

Trey DePriest LB SR
Xzavier Dickson LB SR
Jalston Fowler HB SR
Brandon Ivory DL SR
Christion Jones WR SR
Nick Perry S SR
Austin Shepherd OT SR
Blake Sims QB SR
Brian Vogler TE SR
DeAndrew White WR SR
Jarrick Williams S SR
Arie Kouandjio OG SR
Leon Brown OG SR
Anthony Orr DL SR
T.J. Yeldon RB JR/NFL
Landon Collins S JR/NFL
Amari Cooper WR JR/NFL
Dee Liner DL Transfer
Altee Tenpenny RB Transfer


  • Dee Liner is scheduled to make an official visit to North Carolina this weekend. Georgia Tech is also in line for his signature.
  • It is probably safe to assume that Altee Tenpenny will transfer as reported last month but there has been no news since he Tweeted a Bama farewell and deleted it soon thereafter.
  • Anthony Orr was a fifth year senior who was basically a scout team player for five seasons. #NotProcessed

Rising Contributing Seniors

There is not much evidence to indicate that any of these players will be leaving the program any time soon.

1 Jake Coker QB
2 Denzel Devall LB
3 Kenyan Drake RB
4 TY Flournoy-Smith TE
5 Dominick Jackson OL
6 Cyrus Jones CB
7 Ryan Kelly OC
8 Dillon Lee LB
9 D. J. Pettway DL
10 Reggie Ragland LB
11 Jarran Reed DL
12 Geno Smith S

Rising Contributing Juniors

Expected contributors to 2015.

13 Jonathan Allen DL
14 Ryan Anderson LB
15 Dakota Ball DL/TE
16 Chris Black WR
17 Raheem Falkins WR
18 Reuben Foster LB
19 Brandon Greene OL/TE
20 Adam Griffith PK
21 Derrick Henry RB
22 Grant Hill OT
23 O.J. Howard TE
24 Eddie Jackson CB
25 Cole Mazza SN
26 A'Shawn Robinson DL
27 Maurice Smith CB
28 Alphonse Taylor OL
29 Dalvin Tomlinson DL
30 Tim Williams LB
31 Jonathan Taylor DL


  • First off, WOW. Can you believe these guys are already juniors?
  • Dakota Ball found regular 2014 playing time as a blocking tight end.
  • Dalvin Tomlinson tore his ACL in the first game of 2013 after redshirting 2012. He is a possible candidate for a sixth year of eligibility in 2017.
  • Jonathan Taylor is a juco transfer. He has only two years of eligibility remaining.

Rising Redshirt Sophomores

32 Robert Foster WR
33 Tyren Jones RB
34 ArDarius Stewart WR
35 Bradley Bozeman OL
36 Anthony Averett DB
37 Cooper Bateman QB
38 Jonathan Cook S
39 Walker Jones LB


  • Most of these players are expected to contribute in 2015.
  • Walker Jones and Anthony Averett both played in only one game in 2014. With FAU, Southern Miss, and Western Carolina on the schedule and a 59-0 blowout of Texas A&M, that is not an encouraging sign to their future with the team. Time to step it up.
  • Averett also competes in sprints and jumps for the track team.
  • Despite Tyren Jones' recent suspension, he should stay with the team. But really, who knows?
  • Cooper Bateman served as the place kick holder in 2014. [IMHO, Saban wanted to involve him in the team to keep him from getting discouraged.]

Rising True Sophomores

40 Tony Brown CB
41 Rashaan Evans LB
42 Shaun Dion Hamilton LB
43 Da'Shawn Hand DL
44 Laurence "Hootie" Jones S
45 Cam Robinson OT
46 JK Scott P
47 Cam Sims WR
48 Joshua Frazier DL
49 J.C. Hassenauer OC


  • All these players played as true freshmen in 2014.
  • I had to go back and look at the 2014 Texas A&M game to confirm that #63 Hassenauer did participate in that one game revoking his redshirt. You may recall that starting center Ryan Kelly was injured against Ole Miss and Bradley Bozeman replaced him for two starts (Arkansas, TAMU). It seems a bit of a waste as Kelly was back in the starting lineup the next Saturday against Tennessee and Hassenauer did not play the rest of the season.

Redshirt Freshmen

50 Josh Casher OL
51 David Cornwell QB
52 Johnny Dwight DL
53 Ronnie Clark DB/RB
54 Keith Holcombe LB
55 Marlon Humphrey CB
56 Derek Kief WR
57 Christian Miller LB
58 Ross Pierschbacher OT
59 O.J. Smith DL


  • All these players redshirted their true freshman season in 2014.
  • O.J. Smith came to Alabama with a shoulder injury that required surgery. His current status is unknown.
  • Marlon Humphrey also runs track.

Incoming Freshman

60 Keaton Anderson ILB
61 Blake Barnett QB
62 Mekhi Brown OLB
63 Shawn Burgess-Becker S
64 Daylon Charlot WR
65 Lester Cotton OL
66 Minkah Fitzpatrick CB
67 DeSherrius Flowers RB
68 Damien Harris RB
Ronnie Harrison S
70 Hale Hentges TE
71 Anfernee Jennings OLB
72 Brandon Kennedy OL
73 Joshua McMillon LB
74 Daron Payne DL
75 Richie Petitbon OL
76 Calvin Ridley WR
77 Bo Scarbrough RB
78 Kendall Sheffield CB
79 Adonis Thomas LB
80 Deionte Thompson S
81 Dallas Warmack OL
82 Matt Womack OL

Barring any unforeseen events, the above mentioned players total out at 82 scholarship players. The following section is purely speculation on my part.

Rising Fifth Year Seniors (questionable status)

As mentioned in past postings, no college athlete is "owed" a fifth year of eligibility. There is no NCAA rule that commands such a thing. The following players have all been on campus for four fall seasons. All Alabama players attend school year-round and would be hard-pressed to not have a diploma in hand after four fall semesters, four spring semesters, and four summer terms.

  • Malcolm Faciane was rated one of the top four tight ends coming out of high school and he has been a bit of a bust. He has four career receptions but none against FBS opponents. He was also suspended for a violation of team rules before the 2013 season. The Tide was forced to convert DL Dakota Ball and OL Brandon Greene to tight end in order to shore up depth at the position.
  • Isaac Luatua - This offensive guard has only seen playing time in mop-up duty the past two seasons after watching from the sidelines in his first two years. Personally, I cannot see him winning a starting spot in 2015. He is useful as depth but he might just need to move on with his life.
  • Jabriel Washington has shown some value as a sixth DB and as a special teams player but is not indispensable.
  • Bradley Sylve was given a start at corner in the 2014 opener against West Virginia and quickly proved he was not up to the task. Like Washington, he is good for depth and special teams but not a vital part of the team. He also competes in the short sprints for the Tide track team. To be clear, a football player cannot be considered under track scholarship and still play football.

If I had to guess, I'd say Washington (83) and Sylve (84) both return. Faciane and Luatua may just have to make that final commencement walk and start looking for a job.

Rising Third Year Players (precarious status)

The following have been on campus for three years.

  • Darren Lake played in 8 games in 2012, 13 games in 2013, and 8 games last season. It is never good when playing time goes down in your third year.
  • Korren Kirven was a 4-star defensive tackle in the Class of 2012. Since then, he has redshirted, played in five games his second year, and played in three games in this latest campaign.
  • Alec Morris served as the third QB last season where he saw run-out-the-clock action in four games. He has yet throw a pass in a college game.

My feeling is that Morris will stick it out to the bitter end and not transfer. For Lake and Kirven, the jury is out but the two defenders will get a chance to show their wares this spring.

Details will become more clear when spring practice begins on March 13 and more so at the conclusion of the A-Day spring game on April 18.