According to Del Rio, Alabama head coach Nick Saban made it clear a scholarship was not necessarily guaranteed in the young quarterback’s future:
“(Saban) said, ‘We’re not ready to make that commitment yet from a business perspective,’” Del Rio recalled. “He said if he had the numbers, then he would have done it. And I respected that.
“But I sort of saw the writing on the wall, and I left. I didn’t know who would still be interested.”
“He did a remarkable job the first day,” Garrett said. “He was out there calling plays the way they’re supposed to be called. He has really made a good impression about how smart he is, how conscientious he is in his preparation and (how) he asks great questions.”
While it’s unlikely he will unseat incumbent starter Sean Mannion, Del Rio should be able to challenge Brent VanderVeen and Kyle Kempt for the backup position.
[Source: The Oregonian]