Saban Pleased By Quarterbacks

Both of Alabama's quarterbacks continue to do well, and it is not necessary to see statistics in support of that position. Or to suggest that one might be ahead of the other.



Alabama had its second and final scrimmage of fall camp Saturday as the Crimson Tide went to Bryant-Denny Stadium. As following the first scrimmage of fall camp, Bama Coach Nick Saban elected to withhold statistical output of the two quarterback candidates, third year sophomore A.J. McCarron and redshirt freshman Phillip Sims.

"I think both quarterbacks had an opportunity to play with the first unit and second unit," Saban said. "Both guys played pretty evenly. So we're not going to give those statistics out. Again, we're not going to make this a public debate based on completion percentage or TD passes because there's so many factors that go into it – who you're playing against, the guys you're playing with. The defense totally busts and we throw a TD pass so that means something?

"We'd like to do it more on how they execute doing things we want them to do and we need them to do."

Alabama players will now get back-to-back off-days, returning to the practice field Tuesday. Bama opens the season on September 3 hosting Kent State.

Saban said the two-hour scrimmage Saturday produced some explosive plays, but that was tempered when he added, "I don't think that on some of the explosive plays we were really challenged, that's what I mean by the?second defense not playing very well, not competing very well, not being in very good position. The plays that we made were a little bit easy, but they were well executed.

"The quarterbacks did a nice job of throwing the long ball on several occasions. Those were all good things. But probably we made more explosive plays by far than we made last week. I was pleased with the progress we made offensively. We played a lot better on offense today."?

Asked to expand on the quarterback situation, Saban said, "I think both guys are playing well. I don t really have any issues about talking about them. I like them both. They both make plays. They've both got good arms. They re both accurate.

"These two guys are probably a couple of the best players on our team. It s not out of the question that both have roles on our team in some kind of way. Both of those guys have done a good job in what we've asked them to do. Both of them have developed nicely. Both of them have consistently made plays. Their decision-making, their judgment, their ability not to force things and take what the defense gives, distribute the ball with good decision-making, down in and down out, is probably the only thing that's going to be different about them, because it's not physical ability or talent. It's intangibles, leadership, decision-making, judgment and all those types of things, and both guys have done a good job in that regard."

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