One quarterback on Alabama’s roster throws a tighter spiral than an NFL quarterback.
Well, that’s according to his quarterback coach.
Despite never playing a game at Alabama, Terry Shea, the quarterback coach of Alabama’s David Cornwell, compares his the redshirt sophomore favorably to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Sam Bradford.
“He’s got the same accuracy as Sam Bradford,” Shea said, as reported by AL.com’s John Talty. “I thought Sam Bradford threw a very catchable ball coming out of Oklahoma. David throws a very catchable ball and has a tight spiral probably a bit tighter than Sam Bradford. They are very similar in a lot of ways.”
Cornwell was a four-star recruit out of Norman, Okla., and was as ranked as the nations No. 4 pro-style quarterback out of high school, according to 247Sports composite rankings, but has yet to see any action in Tuscaloosa.
Cornwell is one of four quarterbacks vying for the Alabama starting quarterback job, along with junior Cooper Bateman, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett and true freshman Jalen Hurts. The redshirt sophomore completed less than 40 percent of throws during the Crimson Tide’s A-Day spring game, but seemingly ended the spring behind the race.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said in April that Bateman would be the Tide starter ‘if we had to play today‘.
The comparison to Bradford comes as quite the surprise, seeing as the former Oklahoma quarterback won the 2008 Heisman Trophy after throwing for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 67.9 percent of his throws.
So it begs the question: Is Shea’s comparison a little premature, or does he know something that we don’t?