Nick Saban may hate depth charts but Alabama football fans love them. Check out a final offense prediction.
On Monday afternoon, Sept. 21, Alabama Football, Head Coach, Nick Saban will reluctantly release a depth chart. If it resembles past, early-season depth charts, it will include numerous ‘or’ deflections, indicating one OR more players are still competing for a first-team role.
The reason Saban hates depth charts so much is they are inconsistent with his philosophy. In Nick Saban’s world, players are competing for game roles every time they step on a practice field. That is one reason Nick claims depth charts are for organizational purposes, tied to what players get the most practice reps.
The 2020 season will require different organizational plans. Players down to the third unit must get more reps and be prepared to compete in games.
The Offensive Depth Chart that follows rarely goes three-deep. If it did, some of Nick’s ‘ors’ would be required. Instead, after 20 practices of the 2020 season, our effort is to predict the starters and rotational players for the Missouri game.
First, a quick look at Special Teams, Except for punter, the starters are straightforward. Ty Perine will punt; Will Reichard will kick field goals and extra points. Joseph Bulovas will handle kickoffs. The punter will be Ty Perine or Charlie Scott or walk-on Sam Johnson. Jaylen Waddle will return punts. Kickoff returners are Brian Robinson and Waddle. To reduce injury risk, It is possible one of the freshmen wide receivers or running backs will replace Waddle The snapper will be Thomas Fletcher.
Alabama Football Offensive Depth Chart
No specific offensive formation is contemplated. Thirteen positions are listed allowing for both, four-wide and two-tight end sets.
Starter – Mac Jones
QB2 – Bryce Young
QB3 – Paul Tyson
QB4 – Slade Bolden
Against Missouri, Bryce Young will play, maybe with the first unit for a series or two. Young may challenge for the starting role this fall but for the opener, Mac Jones is set as QB1.
Paul Tyson will also see game action. His Missouri snaps will likely be more mop-up work, but all three QBs need game experience. Slade Bolden will have a wildcat package. That specialty package is not anticipated in the Missouri game.