Nick Saban: Cooper Bateman leads Alabama QB competition

Monday April 11th, 2016

Get breaking news and SI’s biggest stories instantly. Download the new Sports Illustrated app (iOS or Android) and personalize your experience by following your favorite teams and SI writers.

Nick Saban says rising redshirt junior Cooper Bateman leads Alabama’s quarterback competition this spring, reports ESPN’s Chris Low.

“If we had to play today, it would probably be Cooper Bateman,” Saban said. “But we don’t have to play today.”

For the third consecutive preseason, the Crimson Tide are embroiled in a quarterback competition. This year, the battle is among Bateman, rising redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, rising sophomore David Cornwell and rising freshman Jalen Hurts.

“Just like last year, we’re going to choose the guy who wins the team,” Saban said. “Some of our younger guys have a high ceiling, but how long does that take to develop?”

In six appearances at quarterback last season, Bateman completed 37 of 52 pass attempts for 291 yards and one touchdown, while also tossing two interceptions.

Alabama will play its A-Day spring game on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.