Alabama’s QB Situation Not More Clear

Alabama may not have the equivalent of a Lou Gehrig – the former New York Yankees Hall of Fame player – and Crimson Tide senior quarterback Jacob Coker may need to hope he’s not the equivalent of a Wally Pipp.

One of the most interesting stories in sports is Pipp, the first baseman for the Yankees, asking to take a game off because of a headache. Gehrig was inserted into the lineup and was the starting first baseman for the next 27 years, or something like that.

Earlier this week Alabama revealed that senior quarterback Jacob Coker had suffered a foot injury that would keep him out a few days, but which Crimson Tide doctors said seemed to be something that would be quickly healed.

Coker was back on the practice field Wednesday as the Crimson Tide had a full gear workout that followed on the heels of the first day of classes.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban said, “Jake’s toe deal went very well. We don’t expect him to be out more than another day or two. It’s day-to-day.”

Following last Saturday’s scrimmage. Saban had said the repetitions among the quarterbacks would continue under a plan based on how they performed.

With Pipp, err Coker, on the sidelines, Saban said, “We thought the two guys that probably played a little better in the scrimmage were Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman.

“Jake did okay, but he hasn’t been able to practice all week.

“And we feel Blake Barnett is a young guy that we need to continue to try to develop.

“Those four guys kind of...[pause] Three of them have been in the mix this week in terms of how we’ve tried to split up the reps. We’ll continue to evaluate it on a day-to-day basis and see where it takes us.”

Those who have been paying attention in recent years would take note that David Cornwell – the one quarterback not mentioned by Saban – almost certainly is still in Crimson Tide plans.

Without being asked, Saban said, “I know you’re going to ask about the quarterbacks, but the quarterback decision is going to get made by what the players do on the field, who performs the best, who does the best job of leading the team, making good choices and decisions, taking care of the ball. That's how it's going to get decided. We're sort of monitoring that every day.”

That is essentially what Saban has been saying since last spring.


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