How Alabama football scholarship numbers stack up for ’22 roster

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The every season re-shaping of the Alabama football roster has begun. On Tuesday it was announced five more Crimson Tide players had placed their names in the Transfer Portal. More will follow as players seek more playing opportunities and the Alabama football staff makes roster adjustments.

So far the number of 2021 Alabama football players transferring out is nine, counting an earlier group of four who have already found new teams. How many more will transfer out and how many additional players may transfer to the Crimson Tide is unknown. When all the changes will be finalized is another unknown. Some players will not make a decision until after spring practice. It is possible a new player or two will not join the team until summer. The deadline for informing a player’s current team of the intent to transfer is May 1st.

At this point, scholarship counts always list more players than the allowed number of 85. How that is finally resolved is a task Nick Saban executes every season. It will be months before that resolution becomes clear to Crimson Tide fans. Until then, the summary below provides an estimate of the current scholarship count.

Alabama Football Scholarship Players – by position group


  • (3); Bryce Young, Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson

Running Back

  • (7); Trey Sanders, Jase McClellan, Roydell Williams, Camar Wheaton, Emmanuel Henderson, Jamarion Miller and Jahmyr Gibbs

Wide Receiver

  • (14); the number includes John Metchie III, but does not include Jameson Williams
  • Javon Baker, Ja’Corey Brooks, JoJo Earle, Traeshon Holden, Christian Leary, Thaiu Jones-Bell, Slade Bolden, Agiye Hall, Aaron Anderson, Isaiah Bond, Kobe Prentice, Shazz Preston, Kendrick Law and John Methchie III
  • some Alabama fans think the versatile Law will be tried at running back first, but the depth of that group could keep it from happening

Tight End

  • (5); Cameron Latu, Robbie Ouzts, Caden Clark, Elijah Brown and Amari Niblack

Offensive Line

  • (15) with no Evan Neal
  • Tanner Bowles, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Seth McLaughlin, James Brockermeyer, Tommy Brockermeyer, JC Latham, Terrence Ferguson II, Javion Cohen, Darrian Dalcourt, Damieon George Jr., Jaeden Roberts, Amari Kight, Tyler Booker, Elijah Pritchett and Dayne Shor

Special Teams

  • (1), assuming only Will Reichard is on scholarship or (2) if James Burnip is a scholarship punter

Defensive Line

  • (15) assuming no return for LaBryan Ray and Phidarian Mathis
  • Damon Payne Jr., Byron Young, Tim Smith, Braylen Ingraham, Anquin Barnes Jr., Stephon Wynn Jr., Justin Eboigbe, Jah Marien-Latham, DJ Dale, Monkell Goodwine, Tim Keenan III, Jamil Burroughs, Isaiah Hastings, Khurtiss Perry and Jaheim Oatis


  • (14) assuming no Christian Harris; UPDATED Chris Allen has announced a move to the NFL and Jaylen Moody has entered the Transfer Portal
  • Henry To’o To’o, Dallas Turner, Keanu Koht, Will Anderson Jr., Shane Lee, Deontae Lawson, Quandarrius Robinson, Ian Jackson, Demouy Kennedy, Kendrick Blackshire, Chris Braswell, Jeremiah Alexander, Jihaad Campbell and Shawn Murphy

Defensive Backs

  • (17) assuming a return for Jalyn Armour-Davis and Jordan Battle
  • Kool-Aid McKinstry, DeMarcco Hellams, Khyree Jackson, Kristian Story, Terrion Arnold, Malachi Moore, Brian Branch, Jahquez Robinson, Devonta Smith, Kaine Williams, Trequon Fegans, Earl Little Jr., Antonio Kite, Jake Pope, Eli Ricks, Jordan Battle and Jalyn Armour-Davis

Based on those assumptions the current 2022 scholarship count is 91 or 92, depending on James Burnip’s situation.

Profiles of all the current Crimson Tide players are available here.

dark. Next. Who hits the Portal next for the Tide?

Chris Allen and Josh Jobe announced their moves to the NFL on Wednesday.