With Blake Sims having graduated, reports are suggesting that four-star redshirt freshman David Cornwell could be his successor. ESPN’s Chris Low is saying that there is a “genuine feeling” that the young man from Norman, Oklahoma could win the job.
Saban's not rushing it with his QB situation, but there's a genuine feeling at Alabama that David Cornwell could end up winning the job.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) May 15, 2015
The same was said by Alex Byington of the Montgomery Advertiser, who reported that Cornwell was practicing with Alabama’s first team. This immediately throws a wrench into the plans of Jake Coker, who transferred to Alabama from Florida State prior to last season and ended up completing 38 of 59 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns across five games.
But it’s hard to ignore Cornwell, who was a four-star recruit while Coker only had three stars and could not pass an underclassmen in Jameis Winston on FSU’s depth chart. Just the same, how many stars one had as a recruit shouldn’t be the determining factor in whether or not someone earns a starting job, and Tide head coach Nick Saban still has four months and a lot of practices to decide who will be his main man under center when the team opens the season against Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on September 5.
Alabama went 12-2 (7-1 SEC) last season and finished at the top of the CFP rankings, ultimately losing to eventual champion Ohio State in the semifinal.
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