The big question for Alabama coming into the 2014 season has been who will replace A.J. McCarron as the team’s starting quarterback. On Monday, the two players who have been considered for the job — redshirt senior Blake Sims and redshirt junior/Florida State transfer Jacob Coker — were listed as co-starters, which led some to believe that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban wanted to wait to name a starter until right before kickoff.
However, according to a report by CBS Sports, Sims is the favorite to start, while both quarterbacks will receive time.
Alabama’s early-week plan is to play two quarterbacks on Saturday against West Virginia , with fifth-year senior Blake Sims the current favorite to start, CBSSports.com has learned.
Touted Florida State transfer Jacob Coker will play in the Georgia Dome, but he failed to create significant separation in Bama’s quarterback race, and is expected to come off the bench.
As CBS Sports points out, this is similar to what the team did in 2001, when McCarron split time with Philip Sims.
Neither Sims nor Coker have much experience in Bama’s offense — Coker has never played for the Crimson Tide, while Sims has thrown 39 passes during his time in Tuscaloosa — so it will be interesting to see how the team handles this situation.
Alabama will begin its 2014 season on Aug. 30, when the Crimson Tide plays West Virginia at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.