TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With two full weeks and two scrimmages of Alabama’s spring practice wrapped up, there hasn’t been much separation between the quarterbacks.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has kept things close to the vest publicly, and said he plans to continue giving each of the quarterbacks an opportunity to win the job.
Of the four players battling to replace Jake Coker, Saban mentioned three quarterbacks by name after the scrimmage.
No passing statistics have been provided after either of the two scrimmages, but Saban gave a breakdown of the quarterback play.
“I think that what you look at is how do they move the team,” Saban said. “Not just their stats or completions and all that kind of stuff. How did they move the team. I think Cooper (Bateman) moved the team a lot. I think Jalen Hurts did a nice job today and David Cornwell did a pretty good job. I think there’s still a lot of competition with this position.”
From there, Saban went on about not turning the ball over. While he didn’t mention which quarterback or quarterbacks threw them, Saban said there were two interceptions thrown and returned for touchdowns in the scrimmage.
“Taking care of the ball is a big thing. I don’t know how many times you’ve heard me say it before — if every series on offense ends with a kick, whether it’s a punt, field goal or an extra point, we’re OK with that,” Saban said. “But giving the ball to the other guys, throwing interceptions, making bad decisions — the game we lost last year (Ole Miss) we turned it over five times. That’s probably the single statistic that determines winning and losing. The quarterback handles the ball every time so. … Some of these guys trying to make plays, trying to do extraordinary things on the play rather than just executing the play, they force it and we had too many turnovers. Who can move the team the best and take care of the ball is the guy that will come out on top.”