There will be no A-Day Game 2020, certainly not in its traditional form and, more than likely, not in any form. If and when the coronavirus quarantine is lifted and college football is back, Alabama will almost be certainly play a true game.

That doesn’t mean that A-Day is forgotten, only missed. And it doesn’t mean that you can’t make your own rosters and form Crimson and White teams, although any outcome would only be speculative.

As a mental exercise, a roster refresher course and a bit of nostalgia, Alabama beat writer Brett Hudson and I each drafted a team under the following rules. We chose 25 players each, enough to field a full offense and full defense. The assumption is that there was to be no “live” kicking and, please, no jokes about how we have all suffered enough.

MORE: How Hurt picked his team, and how Hudson picked his

This was not an attempt to choose the “best” 50 players at Alabama — some positions (like running back) are loaded while others have just enough to fill out two teams. Both teams include early arrivals who Alabama fans (and writers) have only seen via high school highlights. The rules were for two quarterbacks per team and a handful of players coming back from injury (Dylan Moses, Joshua McMillon and LaBryan Ray) were presumed to be on “injured reserve,” not in the draft.

The two teams seem fairly even although some readers might disagree. Most importantly, it’s a connection to a spring that didn’t happen and hopefully a spark for the day when football is back for real.


QB Mac Jones
QB Paul Tyson
RB Trey Sanders
RB Jase McClellan
WR DeVonta Smith
WR Slade Bolden
WR Tyrell Shavers
TE Miller Forristall
OL Evan Neal
OL Landon Dickerson
OL Deonte Brown
OL Pierce Quick
OL Chris Owens
DL Christian Barmore
DL Justin Eboigbe
DL Stephon Wynn
LB Christian Harris
LB Chris Braswell
LB Will Anderson Jr.
LB Shane Lee
LB King Mwikuta
CB Patrick Surtain II
CB Josh Jobe
S Daniel Wright
S Eddie Smith
QB Bryce Young
QB Taulia Tagovailoa
RB Najee Harris
RB Keilan Robinson
WR Jaylen Waddle
WR John Metchie III
WR Xavier Williams
TE Jahleel Billingsley
OL Alex Leatherwood
OL Emil Ekiyor Jr.
OL Darrian Dalcourt
OL Kendall Randolph
OL Tommy Brown
DL DJ Dale
DL Phidarian Mathis
DL Byron Young
DL Braylen Ingraham
LB Christopher Allen
LB Ale Kaho
LB Demouy Kennedy
LB Drew Sanders
CB Ronald Williams
CB Jalyn Armour-Davis
S Jordan Battle
S DeMarcco Hellams