Greg McElroy was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday morning for the broadcast of Alabama’s national championship parade.
The former Crimson Tide quarterback — and 2009 national champion — is now an analyst for SEC Network, and he addressed the Tide’s forthcoming quarterback battle.
With Jake Coker out of the picture, McElroy said one of three players will take the most important spot on the team: Blake Barnett, Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell.
Earlier this week, SEC Country projected Barnett, a former 5-star recruit, as the winner. McElroy agreed.
“If I were to guess, I might lean toward Blake Barnett,” McElroy said on Saturday’s broadcast. “He’s a young kid that has some stuff, and he was exceptional on scout team this year, giving these guys a really nice look.”
Added ESPN’s Joe Tessitore: “He’s extraordinarily athletic. He can give them a completely different dimension than what Jake Coker offered up.”
McElroy acknowledged Tide fans will be seeing a “different-look offense” no matter what, and offered an alternative scenario in which Bateman — who started against Ole Miss this past September — wins the job.
“If he’s the quarterback, he’s more athletic than what we’ve seen from Jake Coker,” McElroy said. “(He’s) a guy that played receiver in the spring last year, showed he can really move and shake. Could look a little bit more like the Blake Sims version of the Alabama offense when you get into the 2016 season.”