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.