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My thoughts...or .02 worth coming out of spring camp.

* possible position change
? Hell, I'm not sure how it'll end up...thinking about that a little more and will edit.

And with that, here's my depth chart on the '19 depth chart opening with Duke.


OFFENSE

QBRBWR (H)WR (X)WR (Z)TETE (H)LTLGCRGRT
TuaHarrisJeudySmithRuggsTennisonForristallLeatherwoodEkiyorOwensWomackWills
MacRobinsonWaddleShaversMetchieLatuJames (susp)LashleyNealEkiyorD. BrownT. Brown
TauliaFord?WilliamsBoldenParkerBillingsley?????

DEFENSE:

DEDTDESAMMIKEWILLJACKFSSSCBCBSTAR
DavisDaleRayLewisMcMillonMosesJenningsMaydenMcKinneyDiggsSurtainCarter
MathisMusikaBarmoreAnomaLeeMoodyAllenWrightCarterJobeArmour-DavisDiggs
EboigbeWynnAlfanoParksBenton*KajoHarrisSmith?CarterKnott?

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KRPRLSHOLDINGKP
RobinsonWaddleFletcherJonesReichardDeLong
RuggsDiggsHallTuaBulovasBernier
 

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Was Armour-Davis getting some work at star last year before he was injured or did I make that up in my own mind?
 

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2019 Alabama depth chart projection after spring

Spring practice is complete in Tuscaloosa and the long wait for the 2019 season to begin. We learned a few things about the makeup of this group in the 15 practices of March and April. It was enough to make some projections about the mythical depth chart that doesn't really exist, allegedly.

Receivers
  • Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle
  • Henry Ruggs III, John Metchie
  • DeVonta Smith, Tyrell Shavers
This group is almost completely intact from last season. Only reserve Derek Kief graduated from 2018 and everyone is a year more experienced. There’s no questioning the receivers will be the strength of Alabama’s roster when paired with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback. True freshman John Metchie had a strong spring so it’ll be interesting to see how much time he’d see with four all-conference level players returning at receiver.

Offensive line
  • LT: Alex Leatherwood, Scott Lashley
  • LG: Emil Ekiyor Jr., Evan Neal
  • C: Chris Owens, Hunter Brannon
  • RG: Matt Womack, Deonte Brown
  • RT: Jedrick Wills, Tommy Brown
This will remain a fluid situation with Deonte Brown serving a four-game suspension to start the year. He won the starting job at right guard before injuries and the late-season suspension kicked in. The newcomers to the starting five are Chris Owens at center and Emil Ekiyor Jr. at left guard. Owens has been around several years as a redshirt junior while Ekiyor redshirted as a freshman last fall. The bookends are solid with Jedrick Wills protecting Tagovailoa’s blind side and Leatherwood at left tackle after moonlighting at guard last season. Depth figures to be a strength, though it has its share of youth. Evan Neal, the 6-foot-7 true freshman, had an impressive spring and could compete for time this fall.

Tight ends
  • TE: Cameron Latu, Kedrick James
  • TE-H: Miller Forristall (pictured), Major Tennison
This group took a big hit with the graduation of Hale Hentges and early NFL exit of Irv Smith Jr. An interesting new option emerged when Cameron Latu moved from linebacker and showed impressive pass-catching skills. Like Deonte Brown on the line, Kedrick James faces a four-game suspension to open the season but would be an experienced option in the traditional tight end role. Still, the loss of a natural route-runner and pass-catcher in Smith will change the dynamic of the passing threat. Miller Forristall figures to step into the H-back position Hentges occupied the last few seasons. He’s a strong blocker who can move with the ball as a change of pace.

Running backs

  • Najee Harris, Brian Robinson, Trey Sanders
This is Najee Harris’ time. The nation’s top running back recruit has played a supporting role in his first two seasons, but the sea has parted with Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs now in the NFL draft process. Brian Robinson has been even more lost in the shuffle the past two seasons but has a big opportunity to enter the main rotation. The wild card here is Trey Sanders. The nation’s No. 1 running back recruit wasn’t enrolled for the spring but has the hype to be the next big thing.

Quarterbacks
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones, Taulia Tagovailoa, Paul Tyson
It’s Tua.

Defensive line
  • DE: LaBryan Ray, Stephon Wynn Jr.
  • DT: DJ Dale, Phidarian Mathis
  • DE: Raekwon Davis, Antonio Alfano/Christian Barmore
True freshman DJ Dale was the surprise name of the spring. The Clay-Chalkville product enrolled early and worked with the first-team defense at nose tackle. Those are big shoes to fill after Daron Payne and Quinnen Williams -- two first-round talents -- played in the middle of the line the last few years. LaBryan Ray is like Najee Harris at running back. He was highly recruited but had talented veterans ahead of him on the depth chart the past two seasons. In terms of leadership, Raekwon Davis is the veteran who’s been a big part of the defense the past two seasons without having the be the alpha dog. Now it’s his time to set the tone, which is crucial given the identity of this unit over the past decade.

Outside linebackers
  • Anfernee Jennings, Eyabi Anoma
  • Terrell Lewis, Christopher Allen
The health of Terrell Lewis’ knee will be the question of the summer. He was making progress throughout the season but had to get another surgical procedure that took him out for the spring. An elite athlete, Lewis had bad injury luck the last two season with an arm injury preceding last July’s torn ACL. The experience of Anfernee Jennings is a major plus along with the potential of Eyabi Anoma. The five-star recruit didn’t play much as a freshman but had positive reviews coming out of spring practice.

Middle linebackers
  • Dylan Moses, Jaylen Moody
  • Joshua McMillon, Shane Lee/Ale Kaho
This is a position that took some heat in the spring with minimal depth. Dylan Moses is the new quarterback of the defense with a large burden also falling on Joshua McMillon. The fifth-year senior who hasn’t seen much playing time emerged as the replacement for Mack Wilson on the first team. Ale Kaho is a five-star player who saw considerable special teams action as a freshman and could compete for action after missing part of spring practice.

Cornerbacks
  • Trevon Diggs, Josh Jobe
  • Patrick Surtain II, Jayln Armour-Davis
There’s quality experience returning here with Trevon Diggs and Patrick Surtain II returning to starting roles. Both have the ability to play Star, which would move Josh Jobe into a first-unit role. There are several freshman who’ll have an opportunity to learn without being forced into action immediately with Jayln Armour-Davis back from the injury that sidelined him for his rookie season.

Star (nickelback)
  • Shyheim Carter, Trevon Diggs
Shyheim Carter has been around as long as anyone and probably has the best understanding of Alabama’s defensive scheme. He was limited after hernia surgery in the spring but should be good to go in the fall. A number of cornerbacks took turns learning the position in the spring including Trevon Diggs and Patrick Surtain II, so there figures to be options when working in nickel or dime situations.

Safety
  • Xavier McKinney, Shyheim Carter
  • Jared Mayden, Daniel Wright
The veteran of the group is now McKinney with Deionte Thompson going pro. The Orange Bowl defensive MVP said he’s confident in his ability to be the vocal guy on the back end directing the defense. Jared Mayden emerged as the other starter at safety as a senior who’s been around long enough to know the defense well.

Specialists
  • Kicker: Will Reichard, Joseph Bulovas
  • Punter: Skyler DeLong, Will Reichard
The issues at kicker remain until proven otherwise. Will Reichard of Hoover is the latest to give it a swing and it sounds like he had a good spring. He nailed his only field goal on A-Day, a 43-yarder while Joseph Bulovas was 1-for-3 (with both misses in 40-plus yarders). At punter, Saban said on the A-Day broadcast that Skyler DeLong had shown considerable improvement after struggling with nerves last season. His seven punts averaged 44.3 yards on A-Day and Reichard is another option.
 

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Sweeeeeet. Nice list TP.

For some reason I was thinking Mathis was playing DT instead of DE. Can't remember how that looked on A-Day?

But he seems like one of our best 3 or 4 dudes. Dale is a biiiig boy. Not sure how many snaps he can play... Would expect him eat up any of the snaps Musika would have a chance at... Along with the combo of Wynn & Barimore in the rotation.
 

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For some reason I was thinking Mathis was playing DT instead of DE. Can't remember how that looked on A-Day?
I've got my guesses here based on regular. If they're playing with two tackles I expect Mathis to be there. Dale started over him last Saturday but Mathis did a good job as well: both in pressure situations on passing down and on gap responsibilities for running plays.

I paid more attention to the linebackers but that did make it easier to see what kind of results they were getting in the middle.
 

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