Alabama Crimson Tide: Caleb Gulledge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The football roster continues to shrink at Alabama. Days after learning that former four-star defensive lineman Darius Paige had been medically disqualified and would no longer be a part of the team, coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that Caleb Gulledge, a redshirt freshman on the offensive line, was disqualified by the medical staff as well.

Gulledge, a former three-star recruit out of Prattville, Ala., was poised to add depth to an offensive front that is replacing three of its starters from a season ago. The 6-foot-4, 286-pound athlete was disqualified for "a chronic medical issue," according to Saban, who did not disclose the specific ailment but noted that he will remain on campus under scholarship.

"He did a good job for us," Saban said. "He's going to be in school here. He's got a chance to graduate and we're going to be very supportive of him."

Creating depth on the line had been a focal point of spring practice, and the loss of Gulledge doesn't help in that respect. Offensive line coach Mario Cristobal will have to turn to newcomers Grant Hill, Bradley Bozeman, Brandon Hill and junior college transfer Leon Brown to develop quickly and provide options off the bench.

Saban announced Friday that Paige would no longer be with the team, again failing to specify the exact condition to prompt such a drastic move. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act -- better known as by their acronyms HIPAA and FERPA -- prohibit college coaches from disclosing a student-athlete's medical conditions.

Paige's disqualification from competition dropped the Tide's scholarship numbers to one under the NCAA limit, which allowed the staff to remove Bozeman's grayshirt. The former four-star prospect delayed his enrollment at Alabama while he recovered from an ACL tear he suffered his senior year in high school.

Saban has been widely criticized for his roster management in the past, signing more players than the 85-scholarship limit allows and using methods such as delayed enrollment to make the numbers work. This time, though, Saban made it clear that Paige's disqualification was not a reaction to the team's scholarship numbers.

"Our numbers were where they needed to be, relative to initials and 85 and all of that," Saban told reporters on Friday. "When Darius didn't pass the physical and got medically disqualified, that gave us an extra spot."

Crimson Countdown: Caleb Gulledge 

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During the summer, TideNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Alabama roster -- excluding the Tide's 2013 recruiting class -- in our Crimson Countdown series. Starting with No. 1 Dee Hart, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Brandon Ivory.

No. 74 Caleb Gulledge
Redshirt freshman offensive lineman

Forecasting the Tide: Offensive line 

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Editor’s note: Every Tuesday and Thursday between now and national signing day, TideNation will review each position and look at who figures to start, who could rise up the depth chart and who might be on the way. Today we’ll look at the offensive line.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It was never a secret that D.J. Fluker would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Alabama's hulking right tackle put his four years in and decided it was time to go. Coach Nick Saban even said way back in November on his weekly radio show that Fluker was a "a guy who is probably going to go out for the draft."

But Fluker is just one loss on an offensive line many considered the best in all of college football. Center Barrett Jones is leaving the Capstone as one the most decorated football players in the school's history. His three national championships playing three different positions on the offensive line is unprecedented. Winning the Outland Trophy as a junior and then switching to center and winning the Rimington Trophy is mind boggling.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's true freshmen have wasted no time getting on the field and contributing in 2012. All told, a dozen first-year players have seen action through five games.

Given the news of starting wide receiver DeAndrew White's season-ending knee injury, coupled with the loss of backup running back Dee Hart to the same fate, prepare to hear more from the teenagers on campus.

Amari Cooper had already begun to take on more of a role at receiver, as have T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake at running back. The losses of White and Hart make their rise on the depth chart official.

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Practice report: Aug. 9 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Crimson Tide put on full pads for the third consecutive day on Thursday. Rain threatened the proceedings, but Alabama started practice outdoors on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Here are a few notes and observations from the media viewing period of practice:

  • Vinnie Sunseri came into Wednesday's interview session with his knee wrapped in ice. On Thursday, he practiced without a sleeve or any aid. The sophomore safety moved freely in drills.
  • Chris Black did not appear at practice again. The true freshman receiver injured his shoulder during Sunday's practice.

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