Alabama is holding an open competition for the starting quarterback job, and head coach Nick Saban has refused to name a starter so far.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron left for the NFL and was drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. He had spent three years as Alabama’s starting quarterback and led them to two BCS national championships.
Although the Crimson Tide did not win a third consecutive national title, McCarron established himself as one of the greatest college quarterbacks and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.
His production will be difficult to replace, and head coach Nick Saban is taking the process of replacing McCarron seriously.
Although most Alabama fans have decided that Florida State transfer Jacob Coker should start, Saban is not ready to decide yet. “That’s really not internally the perception by me, our staff or our players,” Saban said to ESPN.
Blake Sims is competing with Coker for the starting job, but he has failed to impress in spring practices.
Although it will be difficult to replace McCarron’s production, the two-time national champion was an unknown commodity when Greg McElroy, his predecessor, was the starter. Whoever wins the starting job will also have the privilege of being coached by Saban, who has a proven track record.