Alabama Crimson Tide: Spring Practice Will Not Decide Starting QB

By Tim Letcher
Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY SPORTS
Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Alabama Crimson Tide held their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, with no quarterback clearly becoming better than the rest. Head coach Nick Saban would love for one of the five quarterbacks currently competing for the job to step forward and take control of the situation. But even if one of the five is able to do so, it may not matter.

While spring practice is taking place in Tuscaloosa, the Tide’s 2014 starting quarterback might not even be on campus yet. That’s because Jake Coker, who played last season for the Florida State Seminoles, is headed to Alabama in the fall. And, if Coker can live up to the expectations that have been set for him, he will likely be the starter.

That being said, the scrimmage this Saturday could still benefit one of the five other candidates for the job. While Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell, Parker McLeod, Alec Morris and Blake Sims are sharing time during the spring, they are also getting plenty of reps that can only help them in the fall. While this could turn out to be the competition to be Coker’s backup, stranger things have happened.

It’s hard to predict which of the five quarterbacks that are currently on campus actually has the best shot at the job. Sims has experience playing in the Southeastern Conference, although he has been largely less than spectacular. Cornwell may have the highest upside of the group, but he is still young.

That’s why when Coker arrives in the fall, he should not have much to overcome to be the starter. Which makes this spring practice quarterback competition less important than it would be otherwise.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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