There has not been a more confusing situation at quarterback than the one in Tuscaloosa. There are three quarterbacks who could easily win the job any point during the season, but with the offseason drawing to a close, the Alabama Crimson Tide are still not sure who could take the reins.
According to ESPN, head coach Nick Saban has been considering using two quarterbacks in the opening game against Wisconsin. There have been three quarterbacks splitting first-team reps during practice this week and Saban said that any one of them could win the job.
“I’m not saying we’re going to do this or that we even want to do this, but we may play more than one guy in the first game,” Saban said.
Both David Cornwell and Blake Barnett had been in contention for the job with Jake Coker all summer long, but it seems they have fallen out of the race and Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman have joined Coker.
The three have been getting practice with the starting offense, with the latter getting most of the starting reps.
“We’ve been through this several times before,” Saban said. “I think you can name a guy. But if we named a guy and then that guy wasn’t the best performer and then we had to unname him, what good does that do?
“So, sometimes, you run the risk of naming the guy before he’s won the team or won the job.”
Saban procrastinating his decision isn’t anything new. Last season, he waited until right before the opening game against West Virginia to name Blake Sims to starter over Coker. In 2009, it was Week 1 before Saban named AJ McCarron the starter over Phillip Sims.
“You have to have some clear-cut evidence that a guy really has won the job,” Saban said. “And you can’t make that happen. As bad as I’d like to be able to say, ‘This is our starting quarterback’ — I would really like to be able to say that. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a good quarterback. It means we may have more than one good quarterback.”
This may not be the best for the Tide going into a tough opening game against the Badgers, but Saban should know what he’s is doing. We will just have to wait and see if this will work in the end.
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