Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman isn’t just spending his offseason trying to get better — he’s doing it by learning from three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
The redshirt junior will participate in the TB12 program, Scott Cate — Bateman’s high school offensive coordinator — told Charlie Potter of 247 Sports. The program was created by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and focuses on “complementing traditional strength and conditioning training with muscle pliability.”
“Honestly, he wants to do everything he absolutely can to win it all. He wants his own national championship ring,” Cate said.
“That’s been a goal of his from the very beginning. He wants to see if he can lead a team to a national championship. Now, is that this year, next year? Who knows. It may not happen. We try not to talk about things that could happen in the future.”
Bateman will also spend part of his summer as a camp counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, led by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Bateman has the inside track to being named the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback, having had the most reps of any quarterback on the roster. Coach Nick Saban isn’t looking to hand him the job ( he never has) but has acknowledged Bateman’s progression.
“He’s done a nice job,” Saban said earlier this spring. “I think there’s things that he needs to work on and we need to work on with him so that he can go out there and play with the kind of confidence and be the kind of leader and be the kind of decision maker that we need at that position to play winning football. And that’s what we’ll continue to focus on.”
If Bateman’s ultimate goal is to win a national championship, who better to learn from than three champions on football’s greatest stage?