Bama's Guillon expects to start against 'Cats

Marc Guillon said Sunday that he expects to be the starting quarterback when Alabama takes on Kentucky at 11:30 Saturday morning in Lexington.

"Coach Rader kind of told me that ‘hey, you will start this week,'" Guillon told reporters Sunday afternoon. "He didn't really directly say it but I feel that I will be the starter this week. I'm sure Coach Shula will talk to us today."

Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said earlier Sunday that he would have an announcement about the quarterbacks situation "soon" but not on Sunday.

Guillon was 9-for-18 passing for 63 yards and two interceptions in Bama's 20-3 loss to South Carolina Saturday.

While Guillon felt comfortable Sunday that he would get the starting nod this week, he said he hadn't heard the official word from Shula.

"I'm just going to try to stay competitive with myself and just get better and do the things I need to do to get myself better and get this team ready to play this week," Guillon said. "They haven't really told us what's going to happen, and that's not really what I'm thinking about right now.

"It's just getting myself better and the rest of this team better and showing that we can go out there and get our first win under the post-Brodie era or whatever you want to call it."

Spencer Pennington, who relieved Guillon after the first series of the third quarter and stayed in for the remainder of that game, said he was unsure about how practice would proceed this week. Pennington was 1-of-6 passing with two interceptions in his first significant work of the year.

"I have no idea what to expect right now," Pennington said Sunday. "I don't know if it will be 50-50 reps (division in practice repetitions). We don't know. Tonight will be a pretty good indicator of what's going to happen for the rest of the week, but as far as right now I have no idea."

I think it was definitely on me," Pennington said of his two interceptions. "It had nothing to do with protection or anybody running routes. I think I might have tried to make too much happen at one time.

"There's nothing you can do about it now, so I'm going to have to put that behind me and get ready to play again."

The team will practice on Sunday evening, and take Monday off. Mike Shula's weekly press conference will be held Tuesday afternoon, with practice following a few hours later.


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