Alabama football rumors: Where things stand in the three-man quarterback race
After spring practice, we still have no clue who will end up winning the Alabama starting quarterback job. Jalen Milroe was Bryce Young’s primary backup last year and played well in stretches during the Arkansas game. Ty Simpson has the highest upside, but lacks experience. Factor in former Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner transferring over, and this could be fun!
It is going to come down to one of two things in the end: Who will make more big-time plays on the field and who will do a better job of taking care of the football? Personally, I like Milroe’s explosiveness more than I do Simpson’s right now. While Buchner is an interesting wrinkle, he has to get used to play at SEC speed after transferring over from Notre Dame, which is not that easy.
I would expect for Saban and new offensive coordinator Tommy Rees to keep this close to the vest. The longer this gets dragged out, the more I would expect for Milroe, or potentially even Buchner, to get the job over Simpson. Although I do envision all three probably play at some point this season, I just feel like Milroe’s dynamism gives Alabama a better chance of getting to Atlanta.
Your guess is as good as mine or anyone else’s, but Simpson not running away with it is an issue.