Quarterback has not been a position that Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have had much reason to worry about for the last couple of years. AJ McCarron has been a steady and efficient presence under center and has led the team to back-to-back BCS National Championships. But with McCarron entering his final season in Tuscaloosa, the Tide are left to wonder; who will be their next quarterback?
In true Saban form, the cupboard is far from bare at quarterback as Alabama has stockpiled several options to groom for life after McCarron. This spring, Saban called for an open competition to find the No. 2 quarterback for 2013 and the heir apparent to the starting quarterback job in 2014. Redshirt freshman Alec Morris appears to be taking full advantage of the opportunity and has distinguished himself this spring.
Morris spent last season on the sidelines watching from the wings, but used the time to soak up the offense. He’s showing an advanced grasp of the offensive playbook for someone so young and has expressed an eagerness to take the next step which has fueled his effort at the position. That effort has seemingly set him apart from the rest of the hopefuls.
Junior Blake Sims and sophomore Phillip Ely have been in the system as long or longer than Morris, but neither have shown they have the tools to lead the Alabama offense for any extended period of time. Other candidates such as Cooper Bateman, Parker McCleod and Luke Del Rio have shown flashes of ability, but none of them seem prepared for the rigors of the SEC.
While he still has one more year of the even-keeled leadership of A.J. McCarron, Nick Saban will not be caught off guard next season when he needs to break in a new quarterback. Will Alec Morris prove to be the quarterback of the future for Alabama?