The Alabama Crimson Tide appear to be on the road to contending for yet another BCS National Championship. This has become the norm in Tuscaloosa since Nick Saban took over the storied program.
But, what if something devastating happens to the Tide? For example, what if quarterback A.J. McCarron goes down with an injury and the backup quarterback is forced to come into an important game?
That’s a scenario that Saban and his staff hope never happens. But in case it does, they will need to have a player ready to step in and take on the burden of replacing McCarron.
Heading into fall camp, the race to be McCarron’s backup is still ongoing. The transfer of Phillip Ely has left two candidates to battle for the backup spot.
Junior Blake Sims would seem to be the frontrunner at this point. Sims played in 10 games last season, in a supporting role. Sims connected on five of his 10 passes for 77 yards. He has proven that he is a mobile quarterback, which could change the face of the offense if he is forced into action. Last season, he rushed 30 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
The other candidate is Alabama’s quarterback of the future, redshirt freshman Alec Morris. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Morris is similar to McCarron in style, and if he plays, the offense would likely look much the same as it does with McCarron under center.
The Alabama coaching staff is hoping that neither of these players are needed to play a significant role this season. But if they are, Saban and his staff will need to have a plan that fits the skills of the backup.