Redshirt junior Alec Morris has emerged as the likely pick for the Alabama starting quarterback job, despite senior Jake Coker entering the preseason as the favorite to win the role.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has been complimentary of Morris, and acknowledged that Coker has been set back as he deals with a toe injury. Coker missed three practices this week, but threw 26 passes in the team's final fall scrimmage on Saturday and has been “decent,” Saban said.
Redshirt sophomore Cooper Bateman, who threw a team-high 27 passes in the scrimmage, could also be considered for the job.
“Alec has done a nice job all [preseason],” Saban told reporters. “I think he does a really good job of understanding the offense. He helps the other players play better. And I think that he has probably shown command at the position, which I think is important. We've just got to continue to work on touch, accuracy, efficiency. But I've been really pleased with what Alec has done in this camp.”
Saban has said that if no quarterback impresses him enough through the remainder of the preseason, he could use a quarterback by committee during their season opener.
“If it doesn't get decided, like it didn't when AJ [McCarron] and Phillip Sims were here, they both played a quarter, a quarter, a quarter, a quarter in the first game, and that's how we figured it out,” Saban said.
The Crimson Tide open their season against Wisconsin on Sept. 5.
- Erin Flynn