Tide Backup QB Quits

As if there wasn't already enough pressure on quarterback John Parker Wilson in his first year's as Alabama's starting quarterback, today's announcement that backup Marc Guillon decided to leaves the team makes Wilson the only Alabama player with significant playing experience under center.

Redshirt freshman Jimmy Barnes will move to the backup spot and true freshman Greg McElroy will come off the scout team and into the offensive meetings as the number three man. Guillon started two games for Alabama in 2004, both losses, completing 20 of 43 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in his most extensive action as a sophomore. Guillon was 2 of 2 passing in limited action in two games this year.

"Marc Guillon has decided he's not going to play football here any more at Alabama," Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said Tuesday afternoon. "We talked to him and basically it's a playing time issue. Jimmy Barnes and Greg McElroy will obviously move up and we've got to get them practice time."

Jimmy Johns, who signed with Alabama as a quarterback but is now a running back, will not figure into the quarterback more prominently due to Guillon's departure, Shula said. Johns has lined up under center twice this year but penalties have been called on both plays before the snap.

"He has a lot on his plate as a running back," Shula said.

Barnes, from Los Alamitos, California, has redshirted last year and has played in one game this year, against Louisiana-Monroe. He has not attempted a pass in a game this season.

Asked about Barnes, Shula said, "I don't know. We'll find out. He hasn't had a lot of reps. It puts in us in a different situation. We can't be worried about that, now."


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