Alabama was in Bryant-Denny Stadium for a scrimmage that head coach Nick Saban hopes would offer a little clarity to the ongoing quarterback battle between Blake Sims and Florida State transfer Jacob Coker, but the weather did not cooperate as the rains cut things short on Saturday afternoon.
Sims took the reps with the first team as the fifth-year senior attempts to hold off Coker who is the presumed favorite to be the Crimson Tide starter when they kickoff against West Virginia at the end of the month in the season opener.
A rain-soaked Saban addressed the media afterward to speak on the quarterback battle as both Sims and Coker had some positives, and some negatives on the day.
“I think they both did a lot of good things, Saban said. I think they both have some things that they wish they had back. I think they both probably made some choices and decisions that we can improve on. But I also think that both guys showed that they’re capable of doing what we need to do with them on offense, so we can be effective with the other players that we have.
We’re not pleased or satisfied completely with where they are, but we’re not disappointed in the progress that we’re making at that position. It was a tough day to operate out there. After the first series that each team had, we’re 40 minutes in the locker room and then we go out there and its raining the whole time. But I thought both guys handled that well, too.”