If you have been following us over the last couple of weeks we have been documenting Alabama's attrition as Nick Saban works his oversigned roster down to the required 85 players. Right now the magic number is 7; it started at 10 but 3 players have already left the team with eligibility remaining. Here's the list:
2010 The March to 85 - Alabama
|Player||Position||Reason for leaving after NSD|
|Terry Grant||Running Back||Scholarship not renewed|
|Travis Sikes||Wide Receiver||Scholarship not renewed|
|Rod Woodson||Safety||Scholarship not renewed|
|Star Jackson||Quarterback||Transfer, Georgia State Div 1AA.|
|Deion Belue||Defensive Back||Academically Ineligible; headed to JUCO|
|Alfy Hill||Linebacker||Academically Ineligible; future unknown|
|Taylor Pharr||Offensive Lineman||Medical Hardship|
|Milton Talbert||Linebacker||Medical Hardship|
|Darius McKeller||Offensive Lineman||Medical Hardship|
|Ronnie Carswell||Wide Receiver||Greyshirt|
|Wilson Love||Defensive End||Greyshirt|
We're putting Robby Green (db) and Star Jackson (qb) on the watch list as candidates for the 2 of the remaining 7 bodies that need to be discarded in order to get Alabama's roster down to 85.
Update 3/31/2010: Star Jackson is back from his three day academic suspension. It's really hard not to be cynical here, but you have to wonder if Saban is just taxing the young man, leaning on him a little bit perhaps, in hopes that Jackson decides there is not a future for him at Alabama and makes the move to transfer on his own. It's just interesting that the kid has never had academic issues and all of the sudden during spring camp he's got issues.
Update 4/10/2010: Scratch Robby Green from the watch list, he has been ruled ineligable for 2010 for violation of NCAA rules. He will remain on scholarship and count towards the 85.
Robby Green's status is still up in the air and Star Jackson has started missing practice because of sudden academic issues (issues that he didn't seem to have the last two years, but he is now struggling to keep his grades right - we're sure this has absolutely nothing to do with being at the bottom of the depth chart at QB, just like Terry Grant's departure had nothing to do with being at the bottom of the depth chart at running back). A quick look at Alabama's depth chart at quarterback shows that Jackson is behind starter and National Champion QB Greg McElroy, backup AJ McCarron, and new recruit Phillip Sims, and to make matters worse for Mr. Jackson, Nick Saban has already started to recruit 5 star all-world QB Braxton Miller from Ohio and has offered him a scholarship.
And if that isn't enough for Jackson to battle, Alabama also has another player listed at QB in Morgan Ogilvie, but Morgan, get this, is playing football for Alabama on a "Bryant Scholarship" which doesn't count towards the 85 NCAA limit. We're going to do a separate post on this as we peel back the onion, but it appears that Alabama can have players on the team under a Bryant Scholarship that don't count against the 85 team limit.
The writing is on the wall for Star Jackson and the bottom line is that 7 players still have to leave the team in order for Alabama to stay under the 85 limit.
And for those of you who are sick and tired of us focusing on Alabama, we politely ask you to find us one other roster from another BCS conference team that has, for the last three to four years, had to lose 8-10 players every spring/summer in order to get down to the required 85 players. You find us that program and we will put the spotlight on them, until then the king stay the king.