If Alabama’s season began Monday, coach Nick Saban said he would be able to untangle the Crimson Tide’s tight quarterback competition in time to name a starter.
According to ESPN.com‘s Chris Low, one player is currently a step ahead of his counterparts.
“It would probably be Cooper Bateman,” Saban told Low, “but we don’t have to play today.”
Tuscaloosa’s third straight preseason competition features Bateman — a rising redshirt junior who started vs. Ole Miss last season — rising redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, rising sophomore David Cornwell and true freshman Jalen Hurts.
“Just like last year, we’re going to choose the guy who wins the team,” Saban told Low. “Some of our younger guys have a high ceiling, but how long does that take to develop?”
Following this past Saturday’s scrimmage, Saban was mum on the depth chart, but has recently been complimentary of Bateman and Cornwell, the two most experienced options.
“We’re continuing to try to give everybody an opportunity,” Saban said last week. “I think we’ll probably do that for the rest of the spring.”
All four quarterbacks will have an opportunity to show off their progress during Saturday’s A-Day scrimmage (3 p.m. ET, ESPN).