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Who Will Be A.J. McCarron’s Successor at Alabama?

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama has one more season with two-time national champion quarterback, A.J. McCarron before he graduates, and that will leave the Crimson Tide looking for a replacement to fill his big shoes behind center.

That replacement may not be on the roster this season, and could be one of four top recruits in the class of 2014 that Nick Saban is eyeing.

Perhaps it’s Cooper Bateman, who was the highly-ranked quarterback recruit from Utah that will be a true freshman this season, and a likely candidate to redshirt in 2013.

One underdog in this competition to be McCarron’s successor is redshirt freshman, Alec Morris. The Allen, Tx native didn’t come to Tuscaloosa with the same fanfare that precedes many recruits, as he was merely a 3-star prospect.

In fact, Morris shares a similar background to former Tide quarterback Greg McElroy, who led the team to the national title four seasons ago. Both hail from Texas, and each came to Alabama as unheralded recruits that developed under Saban after taking a redshirt as freshmen.

Clearly, it’s a little bit premature to suggest that Morris will lead the Tide to a BCS National Title in a couple seasons like McElroy, but he should win the backup spot to McCarron this season after what I think will be a dazzling performance in spring and summer practice.

Hopefully he won’t have to see action in 2013 unless it’s in blowout games, but the knowledge he gained in his redshirt year should start to pay dividends when practice gets started Mar. 13.

The fans of the best team in America will get a glimpse into the future when they finally get a look at the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Texan, and I think they’re gonna really like what they see.

Patrick is a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your network on Google.