Former Alabama quarterbacks weren’t happy with the lack of communication.
A few days ago, two former Alabama quarterbacks, Blake Barnett and Cooper Bateman, spoke with ESPN about the lack of communication from Nick Saban.
Bateman and Barnett criticized Saban for not making the quarterback situation clear. Barnett believed he had the starter role locked up, but after struggling in the first half of Alabama’s first game last season, Saban turned to Jalen Hurts.
Barnett never saw the field after that, and both he and Bateman transferred from Alabama.
On Thursday, Saban responded to the criticism from his former players, via an interview with ESPN’s Chris Low:
“I tried to do the best job that I could to tell them exactly how we were going to play the quarterbacks and the opportunity that they had.
We try to give everybody a fair chance, you know, to win the position. I feel like it’s my job to do a good job of making the best choice and decision for our team. And one of the most difficult things is sometimes that’s not what everybody else would like for it to be. You can’t make everybody happy. Everybody wants to play; I have a tremendous amount of respect for those guys as competitors.”
Barnett transferred to Arizona State, while Bateman headed to Utah. Both will have the opportunity to fight for a starting role, while Jalen Hurts will continue his run as Alabama’s starter.
Competition at the collegiate level is high, and at Alabama, expectations are even higher.