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Saban confirms QB Jackson leaving 'Bama

Following up on reports from earlier today, Alabama will officially be down a quarterback on their depth chart.

Head coach Nick Saban, by way of Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register, has confirmed that Star Jackson has decided to transfer from the university.

The coach also seemingly confirmed that the fact Jackson was buried behind two players — starter Greg McElroy and backup A.J. McCarron — on the depth chart led to the QB requesting a release from his scholarship.

“Star Jackson has done a fantastic job in our program, made a tremendous amount of improvement,” Saban said at a Crimson Caravan stop in Mobile. “We hate to see any player leave the program, but quarterback’s kind of a unique position where one guy can play, and we have a lot of competition there right now. Greg’s the starter coming back, AJ has done a fantastic job of improving, Phillip Sims came in at mid-semester and showed a lot of promise this spring.

“Star has made a tremendous amount of improvement and done a very, very good job. But I think sometimes when quarterbacks can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of when they might be able to play, they get a little antsy and might want to go someplace else. Star and I have discussed it, and we’re going to help him do what he feels is going to make him and his family the best decision for his future.”

As noted in multiple reports, Jackson’s high school coach seems to think his former player will wind up at Georgia State.

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  1. AK says: May 18, 2010 9:16 PM

    Saban’s not shedding any tears considering he still has to lose/cut 6 more players before fall camp to get down to 85 scholarships. I see several “medical hardships” in the near future for Alabama.

  2. Thor says: May 21, 2010 8:07 PM

    As a Georgia State alum, I have one word: SWEET!!

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