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REPORT: Alabama has named starting quarterback for 2014 opener

  • David Whitlock
Sims looks to guide the Tide Credit: AP/Aaron M. Sprecher

Sims looks to guide the Tide
Credit: AP/Aaron M. Sprecher

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is never one to give the media too much information, so it hasn’t been that surprising to see him play coy about naming a starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide’s opener against West Virginia.  But in the day of 24-hour media coverage (Twitter, Blogs, etc.), secrets can be tough to keep.  CBS College Football Insider Jeremy Fowler reports that the Tide are going with fifth-year-senior Blake Sims under center for the first snap, replacing three-year starter and 2013 Heisman runner-up  AJ McCarron at the helm.

Sims and Florida State transfer Jacob Coker had battled spring and fall for the job.  Coker is a transfer from Florida State, seeing a better opportunity for playing time without reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in front of him on the depth chart.

Both will get reps against West Virginia, against which the Tide are a four-TD favorite.  It’s not too surprising that old-school Saban went with the conventional choice, a player who has been in the system for several years.  The major question is, who will be the starter when the meat of the schedule comes up, including Georgia, Auburn, LSU, and resurgent Texas A&M.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late mid-2012 season and became the Reading Between the Seams (baseball) Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge college football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about college football or baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."
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