As fall camp draws to a close, the opening line-up has come into focus. Coach Nick Saban has not released a depth chart but we here at the RBR labs have concocted one up based on reports and observations thus far.
Any of it is subject to change. The offensive line in particular could see a shuffling of positions as opposed to straight up substitution. In other words, if a lineman has to come out of a game, one starter could switch over to another spot before a substitution is made.
WR-H Jerry Jeudy > Derek Kief/Xavier Williams
WR-Y DeVonta Smith > Tyrell Shavers > Chadarius Townsend
WR-X Henry Ruggs > Xavian Marks/Jaylen Waddle > Slade Bolden
It should be no surprise that the three super sophomores would lead this group.
TE Hale Hentges > Kedrick James > Major Tennison
TE-H Irv Smith > Miller Forristall
RT Jedrick Wills > Tommy Brown* > Richie Petitbon > Elliot Baker
RG Alex Leatherwood > Chris Owens > Hunter Brannon
C Ross Pierschbacher > Josh Casher > Emil Ekiyor
LG Lester Cotton > Deonte Brown > Kendall Randolph
LT Jonah Williams > Chris Owens > Scott Lashley
The Tide staff has been working like mad to get Leatherwood and Wills to assimilate, but there have been some difficulties. These two are clearly the most talented OL after Williams, Pierschbacher, and Cotton and they need to be on the field. Most recently, the two switched positions with Wills at his more familiar tackle and Leatherwood to guard. Reports say this move has been working and just might stick.
* Matt Womack reinjuring of his foot put him out at least another five weeks. He is the No. 2 tackle once he is 100%. The capable depth at tackle is slightly concerning. The Crimson Tide have many many good options at guard but tackle is a smidge thin, talent-wise. As mentioned above, there could be some shuffling among the line if needed. Originally, it was thought Tommy Brown would redshirt. Womack’s injury might move up the incoming freshman’s timetable.
RB Damien Harris > Josh Jacobs/Najee Harris (depending on health) > Brian Robinson > Jerome Ford/Ronnie Clark
So far, Jacobs has looked healthy while Najee had a slight setback with a minor foot injury sufferd two weeks ago.
QB Tua Tagovailoa > Jalen Hurts > Mac Jones
Yes, the one you have been waiting for. While Hurts has shown improvement, Tua has proved that his performance in last season’s National Championship Game was no fluke.
PK Austin Jones/Joseph Bulovas
These two appear to be neck-and-neck but my hunch is Jones will be the primary kicker.
Brent Taylor will have the defensive depth chart coming up Saturday.