Alabama center Chad Lindsay will transfer

Tide without two other expected starters at spring practice

Anniston StarMarch 15, 2014 

Alabama Spring Football

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) works through drills during NCAA college football spring football practice on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/, Vasha Hunt) MAGAZINES OUT


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With the start of spring practice comes the annual roster changes.

Along with the players who leave early for the NFL and the ones who graduate and run out of eligibility are the players who choose to go elsewhere or make the decision to not continue their playing career.

So when Alabama opened practice on Saturday, there was a bit of spring cleaning for Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban to take care of as three expected returners from last year's team weren't listed on the spring roster.

The biggest domino to fall was center Chad Lindsay.

A source close to the situation confirmed to the Anniston Star that Lindsay will indeed transfer to another school. Since he has graduated, Lindsay will be eligible to play immediately. Lindsay played eight games and made four starts in 2013, filling in for starter Ryan Kelly when he went down with knee injuries.

Tight end Harrison Jones is also no longer with the team. Like Lindsay, Jones has already graduated and would be eligible to play immediately, but there is no indication that he will. Jones saw time in 11 games last season.

"We certainly appreciate the great job that they did when they were involved in the program and wish them well," Saban said. "They'll always be a part of what we've done here, and we certainly appreciate their efforts and the contributions that they've had in the success of the program."

Walk-on safety Jai Miller was also not on the roster, but his absence may not be a permanent one.

Miller, who joined the Tide after 10 years of playing professional baseball, saw action in five games last season.

Saban said Miller "decided to focus on academics and not come back and be a part of the team, at least for right now."

Along with the departures are the annual position changes. Last season, Alabama moved players to tight end and cornerback. This spring, the Tide is looking for help at safety.

ArDarius Stewart, who redshirted as a slot receiver last year, opened practice working with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and the safety group.

Other players who've been through the experiment of going from offense to defensive back include former running back Dee Hart and wide receivers Christion Jones and Cyrus Jones. Cyrus Jones is the only one who stuck at the position.

Losing Miller at safety along with the fact that the Tide could lose three players at the position after this season (Landon Collins, Nick Perry, Jarrick Williams), Stewart could fit into the team's long-term plans at the position.

A member of the Tide's 2013 recruiting class, Stewart was a consensus four-star athlete coming out of Fultondale (Ala.). Along with putting up big offensive numbers, Stewart had 55 tackles with two interceptions as a senior.

Saban said the team will spend "two or three days looking at him as a defensive back" and called the move "very experimental."

"We're just trying to sort of find out whether he could play safety or not," Saban said. "He's not been moved to defensive back. This is a temporary experiment, could you do it if we needed you to type of circumstance."

2014 Alabama Spring Football Roster Numerical Roster No. Name Pos. Class Ht. Wt. Exp. Hometown/Previous School 2 Tony Brown DB Fr. 6-0 190 HS Beaumont, Texas/Ozen 2 DeAndrew White WR Sr. 6-0 190 3L Houston, Texas/North Shore 3 Bradley Sylve DB Jr. 5-11 180 2L Port Sulphur, La./South Palquemines 4 Eddie Jackson DB So. 6-0 188 1L Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson 4 T.J. Yeldon RB Jr. 6-2 221 2L Daphne, Ala./Daphne 5 Chris Black WR So. 5-11 185 1L Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast 5 Cyrus Jones DB Jr. 5-10 194 2L Baltimore, Md./Gilman 6 Laurence “Hootie” Jones DB Fr. 6-2 220 HS Monroe, La./Neville 6 Blake Sims QB Sr. 6-0 208 3L Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville 7 Ryan Anderson LB So. 6-2 258 1L Daphne, Ala./Daphne 7 Cam Sims WR Fr. 6-4 204 HS Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish 8 Robert Foster WR Fr. 6-3 190 RS Monaca, Pa./Central Valley 9 Amari Cooper WR Jr. 6-1 204 2L Miami, Fla./Northwestern 10 Reuben Foster LB So. 6-1 236 1L Auburn, Ala./Auburn 11 Shaun Dion Hamilton LB Fr. 6-0 233 HS Montgomery, Ala./Carver 11 Alec Morris QB So. 6-3 230 SQ Allen, Texas/Allen 12 David Cornwell QB Fr. 6-5 234 HS Norman, Okla./Norman North 13 ArDarius Stewart WR Fr. 6-0 193 RS Fultondale, Ala./Fultondale 15 Jonathan Cook DB Fr. 6-0 190 RS Daphne, Ala./Spanish Fort 15 Parker McLeod QB Fr. 6-3 200 RS Marietta, Ga./Walton 17 Kenyan Drake RB Jr. 6-1 202 2L Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove 18 Cooper Bateman QB Fr. 6-3 215 RS Murray, Utah/Cottonwood 19 Reggie Ragland LB Jr. 6-2 257 2L Madison, Ala./Bob Jones 20 Tyren Jones RB Fr. 5-9 212 RS Marietta, Ga./Walton 20 Jarrick Williams DB Sr. 6-1 215 3L Mobile, Ala./Blount 21 Maurice Smith DB So. 6-0 195 1L Sugar Land, Texas/Fort Bend Dulles 22 Christion Jones WR Sr. 5-11 187 3L Adamsville, Ala./Minor 22 Nate Staskelunas DB So. 6-3 206 SQ Greenville, N.C./Arendell Parrott Academy 23 Jabriel Washington DB Jr. 5-11 183 2L Jackson, Tenn./Trinity Christian Academy 24 Geno Smith DB Jr. 6-0 197 2L Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X 25 Dillon Lee LB Jr. 6-4 243 2L Buford, Ga./Buford 26 Landon Collins DB Jr. 6-0 215 2L Geismar, La./Dutchtown 27 Derrick Henry RB So. 6-3 241 1L Yulee, Fla./Yulee 27 Nick Perry DB Sr. 6-1 211 3L Prattville, Ala./Prattville 28 Anthony Averett DB Fr. 6-0 180 RS Woodbury, N.J./Woodbury 28 AlteeTenpenny RB So. 6-0 218 1L North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock 30 Denzel Devall LB Jr. 6-2 254 2L Bastrop, La./Bastrop 31 Jerrod Bierbower DB Sr. 6-1 198 SQ Dublin, Ohio/Coffman 33 Trey DePriest LB Sr. 6-2 250 3L Springfield, Ohio/Springfield 34 Tyler Owens LB Sr. 6-0 225 SQ Columbiana, Ala./Clay-Chalkville 35 Walker Jones LB Fr. 6-2 238 RS Germantown, Tenn./Evangelical Christian 37 Zach Houston DB Jr. 6-1 192 SQ Daphne, Ala./Daphne 38 Y’Latio Jones DB Jr. 5-9 170 SQ Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville 39 Paden Crowder LB Jr. 6-4 235 SQ Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills 39 Kyle Kazakevicius WR Sr. 6-0 184 SQ Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic 40 Issac Leon TE So. 6-6 215 SQ Boynton Beach, Fla./American Heritage 41 Kurt Freitag TE So. 6-4 255 SQ Buford, Ga./Buford 41 Daniel Geddes DB Sr. 5-6 170 SQ Northport, Ala./Tuscaloosa County 45 Jalston Fowler RB Sr. 6-1 248 3L Mobile, Ala./Vigor 46 Michael Nysewander TE Sr. 6-1 238 SQ Hoover, Ala./Hoover 47 Xzavier Dickson LB Sr. 6-3 268 3L Griffin, Ga./Griffin 47 Corey McCarron TE Jr. 6-2 245 1L Mobile, Ala./Spanish Fort 48 David D’Amico TE So. 6-0 213 SQ Birmingham, Ala./Vestavia Hills 48 Bo Grant DB So. 6-3 198 SQ Valley, Ala./Valley 50 Alphonse Taylor OL So. 6-5 328 1L Mobile, Ala./Davidson 51 Jake Long SN So. 5-10 229 SQ Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills 52 Dee Liner DL So. 6-3 295 SQ Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals 53 Anthony Orr DL Sr. 6-4 289 1L Madison, Ala./Sparkman 54 Dalvin Tomlinson DL So. 6-2 299 1L McDonough, Ga./Henry County 55 Josh Dickerson LB Sr. 6-1 228 SQ Evans, Ga./Lakeside 55 Cole Mazza SN So. 6-1 251 1L Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty 56 Tim Williams LB So. 6-3 242 1L Baton Rouge, La./University Lab 57 D.J. Pettway LB Jr. 6-3 265 JC/1L Pensacola, Fla./Catholic/E. Mississippi CC 58 Brandon Greene OL So. 6-5 304 1L Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove 58 Alex Harrelson SN Jr. 6-0 226 SQ Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills 59 MK Taylor SN Sr. 5-10 230 SQ Oxford, Ala./Oxford 60 Brandon Moore OL Jr. 6-0 277 SQ Cincinnati, Ohio/Hills Christian Academy 60 Austin Peavler OL So. 6-3 317 SQ Wellington, Fla./Wellington Community 62 Will Davis OL So. 6-5 316 SQ Letohatchee, Ala./Fort Dale Academy 64 Grant Hill OL So. 6-6 308 1L Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville 66 Chris Posa OL So. 6-3 269 SQ Commerce, Mich./St. Mary’s Prep 68 Isaac Luatua OL Jr. 6-2 315 1L La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada 69 Paul Waldrop OL Jr. 6-4 285 SQ Phenix City, Ala./Central 70 Ryan Kelly OL Jr. 6-5 296 2L West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West 72 Leon Brown OL Sr. 6-6 320 1L Riverdale, Md./Parkdale/ASA College 73 Brandon Hill OL Fr. 6-6 370 RS Collierville, Tenn./St. George’s/Hargrave 74 Cam Robinson OL Fr. 6-6 325 HS Monroe, La./West Monroe 75 Bradley Bozeman OL Fr. 6-5 325 RS Roanoke, Ala./Handley 77 ArieKouandjio OL Sr. 6-5 315 2L Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic 79 Austin Shepherd OL Sr. 6-5 320 3L Buford, Ga./North Gwinnett 80 Raheem Falkins WR So. 6-4 210 1L New Orleans, La./G.W. Carver 82 Ty Reed WR Sr. 6-1 193 SQ Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill 84 Brian Vogler TE Sr. 6-7 265 3L Columbus, Ga./Brookstone 85 Malcolm Faciane TE Jr. 6-5 265 2L Picayune, Miss./Picayune Memorial 85 KorrenKirven DL So. 6-5 297 1L Lynchburg, Va./Brookville 86 Truett Harris TE Jr. 6-3 210 SQ Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood 86 A’Shawn Robinson DL So. 6-4 320 1L Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights 87 Parker Barrineau WR Jr. 6-0 184 1L Northport, Ala./American Christian Academy 88 O.J. Howard TE So. 6-6 240 1L Prattville, Ala./Autauga Academy 89 Bernel Jones DL Sr. 6-3 253 SQ Montgomery, Ala./Jefferson Davis 89 Kieran Williams TE Fr. 6-4 243 RS Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer 90 Jarran Reed DL Jr. 6-4 315 JC Goldsboro, N.C./Goldsboro/Hargrave/E. Mississippi CC 93 Jonathan Allen DL So. 6-3 270 1L Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge 94 Dakota Ball DL So. 6-2 280 SQ Lindale, Ga./Pepperell 95 Darren Lake DL Jr. 6-3 323 2L York, Ala./Sumter Central 96 Stephen Hodge DL Jr. 6-1 257 SQ Akron, Ala./Hale County 98 Adrian Lamothe P So. 5-9 190 SQ Monterrey, Mexico/Prepa Tec 97 John Pizzitola PK So. 5-11 175 SQ Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park 99 Adam Griffith PK So. 5-10 188 1L Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun 99 Brandon Ivory DL Sr. 6-4 308 3L Memphis, Tenn./East

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