Alabama decided to pull quarterback Jake Coker in favor of Cooper Bateman after a few questionable decisions from the former.
Nick Saban made the switch to begin the second half against Middle Tennessee State.
“We’re just not playing very well,” Saban told SEC Network before the third quarter began. “I don’t think that’s all the quarterback’s fault. But I think he’s gotta do a little better as well.”
Asked whether fans would see Bateman in the second half, Saban responded: “Yes, we will.”
Among the early mistakes by Coker was an interception into double coverage. Middle Tennessee State’s Kevin Byard snagged Coker’s deep overthrow near the end zone. The quarterback also forced a ball into end-zone double coverage in the first quarter.
Coker finished the first half 15-of-26 for 214 yards, one touchdown and one pick. He left the game with ‘Bama up, 23-3.
Bateman played briefly in Week 1 against Wisconsin, going 7-of-8 for 51 yards in the season-opening win.