Alabama Releases Crimson and White Rosters for 2014 A-Day

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2014

Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs drills during NCAA college football practice at the Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.  Alabama takes on Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert

On Thursday, Alabama revealed the rosters for this weekend's annual A-Day game, and while it's hard to say anything for sure, it appears that the first-team offense (on Team Crimson) will go up against the first-team defense (on Team White).

The full rosters can be found here, courtesy of AL.com's Andrew Gribble. These are obviously not ironclad—and aren't even definitely what head coach Nick Saban considers the current version of each unit—but they are, at the very least, a good indication of where the depth chart might stand on each side of the ball after spring camp.

Of the notable decisions, Blake Sims' inclusion with the first-team offense seems most important—albeit predictable. His two main competitors for the No. 1 job this spring, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman, are both paired up with the second-stringers.

If Sims does not play well, he will have no excuse.

Also of note is the inclusion of early enrollee Cam Robinson with the first-team offense, where he is expected to be protecting Sims' blind side. Robinson was the No. 4 overall player and top-rated offensive lineman on the 247Sports Composite, and he appears to have at least a slight edge over redshirt sophomore Brandon Greene (who was assigned to Team White).

On defense, the early edge at the biggest position battle goes to Reggie Ragland, who was included on the first-team defense over Reuben Foster after enjoying a nice camp. The Tide can't go wrong with either player in that competition, though, as Ragland was the No. 1 inside linebacker on the 247Sports composite three cycles ago, and Foster was the No. 1 inside linebacker the cycle after that.

Alabama's spring game will kick off Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.