The battle to replace AJ McCarron will ensue this spring between current roster quarterbacks, and FSU transfer Jacob Coker won’t get on campus until after he graduates from FSU this spring.
Saban held his pre-spring press conference yesterday and discussed the quarterback battle and situation, expressing he and Lane Kiffin are in no hurry to decide McCarron’s successor, according to AL.com.
“We’re not going to be in any hurry to decide who the quarterback is,” Saban said. “We’re going to give everybody a lot of opportunity to compete.
“You guys are going to ask me at least 1,000 times between now and the first game who’s the first-team quarterback, and I’m telling you right now you’re probably going to get a 1,000 ‘We’re going to wait and see.’”
Returning quarterbacks Blake Sims, Alec Morris, Parker McLeod, Cooper Bateman and early enrollee David Cornwell will get first dibs at the position. Sims has the only meaningful playing time between the five and is also the biggest dual-threat attack of the returners. Sims has thrown for just 244 yards and two touchdowns in his career.
Coker is largely the favorite to win the job in fall camp, but he won’t even hit campus until the summer, assuming he graduates this spring at FSU. Since he’s graduating, it will allow Coker to play immediately at Alabama.
No matter who the starter will be come August, Saban gave some insight on the main qualities he wants in his starter, and ultimately, the player who wins the job will possess these qualities. McCarron was criticized – and still is – for being merely a ‘game manager’. And that’s exactly what Saban wants in his next quarterback – a signal caller who can manage the offense.
“I think the most important thing about playing quarterback is to be able to be to process information quickly, make a decision, throw the ball accurately in the passing game, and I think the biggest thing is to be able to manage and get us in the right plays when we’re sort of running the ball,” Saban said. “Whoever can do that on the most consistent basis and have the kind of leadership to affect the people on offense around them is the guy that will probably have the best possibility to win the job.”
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