REPORT: Alabama has named starting quarterback for 2014 opener
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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