According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Alabama coach Nick Saban has made it clear that the Crimson Tide’s next starting quarterback has yet to be decided.
Nick Saban says no QB has stepped to the forefront yet; no timetable
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 15, 2015
Although there are five quarterbacks on ‘Bama’s roster, only three seem to still be in the picture. The two that are not considered contenders at this point are junior Alec Morris and sophomore Cooper Bateman. Morris, who came to Alabama as a three-star prospect in the class of 2012, didn’t contend for the 2014 starting job and with even more competition on the roster now, his chances of leapfrogging the top contenders aren’t great.
Bateman came in as one of the top quarterback prospects in the class of 2013, but saw time at wide receiver in spring. Saban says it’s because he’s so athletic, but if the coaching staff feels the need to find another way for a quarterback to contribute, you have to figure that his chances of starting at quarterback aren’t very good.
Of the remaining three contenders, the next least likely to win the job is true freshman Blake Barnett. As the most highly touted recruit of all the quarterbacks on ‘Bama’s roster, it’s hard to count him out completely. However, his lack of experience and the caliber of competition he’ll be facing make it’s almost unthinkable that he’ll win the job.
With those three thought of as long-shots, the competition comes down to senior Jacob Coker and redshirt freshman David Cornwell.
Coker transferred to Alabama from FSU before the 2014 season. He was only a 3-star recruit in the class of 2011, but still managed to work his way up to second string at FSU. When he transferred to Alabama, it was thought that he’d start immediately. After losing the battle to Blake Sims in 2014, he seems poised to win it in 2015.
His main opposition will be David Cornwell, a highly touted member of the class of 2014. After redshirting last season, Cornwell is thought to have leapfrogged Morris and Bateman for the second string job.
It seems as though the favorite right now is Jacob Coker, but like Saban said, nobody has separated from the pack. That being said, at this point it looks like the Tide has a two-man race on its hands.
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