Tide has Three Candidates and Trojans a Pair in QB Hunt

Alabama and USC share a common predicament less than three weeks from meeting at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on September 3rd. Both are in the process of evaluating quarterback candidates. The Tide has three prospective signal callers and the Trojans a pair dueling to take the helm to open the season.

The battle to win the position draws the most interest from alumni, fans and especially the fourth estate.  Nick Saban and Clay Helton can choose a quarterback with limited experience or opt for first-time starters.  Redshirt junior Cooper Bateman (6-3, 224 pounds), redshirt freshman Blake Barnett (6-5, 211 pounds) and true freshman Jalen Hurts (6-2, 209 pounds) are in a competition to lead Alabama.

Redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold are contending to command the Trojans.  Browne is a 6-5, 220 pound former Scout.com five-star prospect named the 2013 National Player of the Year.  He has yet to fulfill the promise since coming out of high school but has a perfect opportunity to secure the starting role in 2016.  Browne, the backup reserve the past two seasons, has appeared in nine games completing 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards and zero TD’s in his career.  He has the slight edge in game experience.  Darnold is a 6-4, 215 pounds pocket passer with the mobility to extend a play.

BamaMag.com met the duo after an afternoon practice at Howard Jones Field on the USC campus.  They discussed their skills and talents along with the upcoming opener against Alabama.

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