For the 10th year now, Coach Nick Saban has released the "not a depth chart, depth chart and roster" for the 15th and final spring practice -- the A-Day game.
Every year, he implores fans to not take these forced rosters seriously. Allegedly, they are of no consequence. But, if you saw Ronnie Harrison as a starting safety for the Crimson team, terrorizing wideouts in last season's game for instance, then you knew that these are very much broken down by first-teamers. And, every year, there is always a roster surprise.
AL's Michael Casagrande breaks down what he sees from the roster for the Crimson and White squads.
Rosters for the two teams in Alabama's A-Day game were released Thursday evening. The format traditionally pits the first-team offense (Crimson) against the first-team defense (White). The annual spring game kicks off at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium ... Keep in mind depth becomes a factor when a team is split in two.
Below is the complete roster for the 2016 A-Day game. Casagrande has the unit breakdowns at the above link. Here is the first team offense, again from Casagrande:
-- The two quarterbacks who appear to be leading the competition – Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell – are both on Crimson team with the first-team offense. Blake Barnett and Jalen Hurts are on the White team.
-- Nick Saban said the top two running backs would be split, one on either team. Bo Scarbrough is on the Crimson team and Damien Harris is on White.
-- Crimson team receivers include Robert Foster, Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart. The White team got Derek Kief, Cam Sims and Daylon Charlot among others.
-- Crimson offensive linemen include Lester Cotton, Brandon Kennedy, Korren Kirven, Ross Pierschbacher, and Jonah Williams. Alphonse Taylor, a starter at right guard in 2015, is on the White team along with JUCO transfer Charles Baldwin, Bradley Bozeman, J.C. Hassenauer, Dallas Warmack and Matt Womack.
What player(s) surprise you on the Crimson offense and White defense? Or, are there any surprises at all?