August 23, 2006

If Alabama opened up today: The Offense

With its season opener against Hawai'i less than two weeks away, the Alabama Crimson Tide has shifted into game week mode. And with that comes a clearer view of what the depth chart will look like this season. Fall camp answered most the questions surrounding the 2006 edition of Alabama football, but head coach Mike Shula still has a few tough decisions to make.

First and foremost, who will win the starting job at right tackle? With that in mind, BOL takes a stab at what the Tide's offensive personnel might look like on Sept. 2.

Quarterback
Coming out of spring drills it was a given that John Parker Wilson would step in for Brodie Croyle as the starter. The question was: Would Wilson prove to be more than just a guy who distributes the ball? While minimizing mistakes is priority No. 1 for any first-time starter, the sophomore looks to be capable of making plays with his arm and legs. While competition at the top of the depth chart wasn't expected, some wondered if true freshman Greg McElroy might push for the No. 2 job in fall camp. It never happened. While McElroy showed promise in the preseason, Marc Guillon is entrenched as the next-best option behind Wilson.

Position depth chart
John Parker Wilson
Marc Guillon
Jimmy Barnes
Greg McElroy

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