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Spring game provides no separation in Tide’s QB battle

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Being the subject of speculation regarding potential NCAA violations isn’t the only thing Alabama has in common with bitter in-state rival Auburn.

Much like the Tigers and their spring exit with no clear front-runner at the quarterback position, the Tide put the finishing touches on their 15 spring sessions with no clearcut leader to replace Greg McElroy under center.

Shortly after the unveiling of Nick Saban‘s nine-foot statue — or 2x the actual size of the subject — on the school’s Walk of Champions, the head coach got down to the business of overseeing his charges in the annual A-Day game.  Along with 93,000 of his closest friends, Saban watched as AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims replicated what they’ve done throughout the spring: failing to put any separation between themselves and the other in the race to become the Tide’s starting QB.

Statistically, the two were nearly identical on the day: Sims completed 19-of-38 passes for 229 yards and an interception, while McCarron was 21 of 38 for 222 yards and an interception.  The latter threw the lone touchdown of the two.

Following the glorified scrimmage, Saban gave no indication that either QB is the front-runner while simultaneously praising both.

“I thought both the quarterbacks showed some promise in terms of making good decisions,” Saban said. “Both threw a pick that probably wasn’t a good thing, but all in all I thought they did a really good job of managing the game. We didn’t have a lot of issues. They both showed they have some ability to play the position, and play winning football at that position.”

In other words, it will be at some point in August — possibly very late that month — before Saban’s ready to pull the trigger and name a starter.

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19 Responses to “Spring game provides no separation in Tide’s QB battle”
  1. Deb says: Apr 16, 2011 10:26 PM

    What, no Woodcock reference? 😉

    Better too many QBs than not enough … just ask half the teams in the NFL :)

  2. thefiesty1 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:20 PM

    Somehow I just knew the first post would be from Deb.

    Whenever you don’t have a starting QB and have to go to a committee, it means that you don’t have a QB.

  3. tryagainplease says: Apr 17, 2011 1:10 AM

    somehow i knew thefiesty1 would be on this (and any) sec post stating something/anything snarly cuz that’s what it does. always, naggin and raggin on the sec…

  4. jw731 says: Apr 17, 2011 7:08 AM

    A statue…Really?….It’s amazing to me how an entire state can kiss one mans ass…..He’s been there what…. 4 years, and already a statue? You pay him over 5 million dollars a year, you stand in line from here to eternity to get an autograph, do these people have anything that possibly resembles a life?…..Seriously, he’s 6-6 in bowl games in his career, and you put him on par with a legend….Amazing….

  5. WingT says: Apr 17, 2011 8:31 AM

    The QB’s were average at best but make no mistake about it, Alabama will be able to run the football. Wow, the O-line was just amazing ! Dee Hart adds a weapon out of the backfield that Bama hasn’t had in many years. Trent Richardson actually has improved from last year ( scary) and Eddie Lacey is a load.

    The defense is loaded and dominant.

    This team, overall, is definitely way ahead of last years team at this point in the year.

    roll tide

  6. rolltider says: Apr 17, 2011 9:02 AM


    Every coach that wins a NC at Alabama gets a statue. It’s called creating and honoring a tradition of excellence.

    I’d be interested to know what school you pull for. Texas? Oklahoma? tOSU? I’m sure your team pays your coach a “modest” salary and has no fans that are willing to take photos with him or wait in line for an autograph. Because they have “lives”.

    And being “only” 6-6 in bowl games is a pretty narrow way to view any coach’s greatness. He’s 2-2 in NC games. What does that tell you?

    Rammer Jammer

  7. pimpskie says: Apr 17, 2011 10:11 AM

    I think it is a southern thing. What else do those losers have to do other than celebrate a coach that is straight up liar? “I am not going to be the coach at Alabama”

  8. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 17, 2011 10:14 AM

    There is still time to go out and BUY a QB. Nick get on the phone and call a friend of a friend of a friend of the program

  9. thefiesty1 says: Apr 17, 2011 12:01 PM

    @tryagainplease – I don’t rag on just the sec. I actually like a couple of those teams. LSU, in particular, and Tennessee. I like to hear. Rocky Top. I also rag on my team (Texas) in the hope that it’ll motivate them to do better.

    It’s just what Bama did to McCoy to win the NC game, which is the only reason they won. But, it wasn’t Bama’s fault. It was Texas OC calling stupid plays that cost them the game and Colt’s injury.

  10. Deb says: Apr 17, 2011 1:00 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    What Bama did to Colt?????? ROFL

    This is tackle football and if you’re not prepared to play tackle football, don’t get onto the field. Not only was that hit on Colt clean as a whistle, it was so NOT incapacitating that your little squirt of a QB didn’t even drop the freaking ball. He sat there for a minute on top of the pile looking like a posterchild for “I can hear the footsteps,” then stood up (without assistance) and began pounding one fist into the other. Both arms and hands worked just fine.

    Then DADDY MCCOY pulled him out of the game–something DADDY MCCOY did his whole career going back to his days as the kid’s high school coach. That’s where Colt got the nickname “Cart” because he was so often carted from the field with injuries that turned out to be nothing. Just. Like. This. One.

    The cameras showed him off the field moving his right arm without any problems, using it to rake his hand through his lovely locks. DADDY told the CBS crew he was fine BUT they’d decided to hold him out “to protect him for the draft.” Suddenly, he’s back on the sidelines holding that arm like it’s a dead baby. If the injury is legit, you don’t have to play it up for the cameras.

    Every test that kid took after the game was negative. He goes to the Combine, lets cameras film him lifting serious weights, then announces he can’t throw because of his poor widdle arm. I posted then he’d be magically healed and throwing on his pro day … and he was.

    My mistake was assuming Colt was a coward. Once he got into the NFL and out from under Daddy’s thumb, he stood his ground against tough defenses. Props to him. But DADDY is the one who pulled him from that game and let down Mack Brown and your team. And DADDY is the one you should blame.

    As for that “stinger,” don’t even start. Colt said he had no pain, only numbness. After 28 surgeries, I have permanent nerve damage in an arm and a hand but have to use limbs and digits I can’t feel with the same dexterity I did before. And there was no learning curve on that–have been using them since day one.

    Saban chose to hold back on offense and defense after Colt left. No one wanted Colt in that game more than Bama fans so our defense could really let fly. Did you see the beating Tebow took from our guys in the SEC Championship? And that boy would have played until he dropped! And our QB played the full national championship game with BROKEN RIBS–which are painful.

    I’d suggest you give that national championship game another close look-see because the film will back me up. It’s embarrassing enough to blame the opponent for hitting your QB in a legal, unflagged tackle when he was in possession of the BALL. But when the ball wasn’t even dislodged, the QB was walking around fine after the hit, and his DADDY told the broadcasters he was fine but they were pulling him from the game to preserve him for the draft, it’s downright insulting.

    Colt’s daddy pissed on Texas, Mack Brown, your fans, and Alabama that night for all the world to see. Keep whining if you want, but at least have the grace not to rewrite history while you do it.

  11. Deb says: Apr 17, 2011 1:09 PM

    @pimpskie …

    Yes, we Southern losers have nothing to do but celebrate our football victories. And you Yankee pimps have nothing to do but come onto Bama football threads and whine about how we celebrate our football victories. Somehow your existence seems much sadder than ours.

  12. Deb says: Apr 17, 2011 1:14 PM

    @iamtalking …

    So … from these constant references to Saban buying players … are you an Auburn fan, a Big 10 fan, a Dolphins fan who will never get past being the jilted bride … a college dweeb who resents not being paid to major in accounting … ?

    Do share …

  13. thefiesty1 says: Apr 17, 2011 1:37 PM

    @Deb — Colt couldn’t throw 10 feet after Greg Davis kept calling the same up the middle play over and over again. He did the same thing the year before against K-State with the same result. thing goodness the OC is no longer in football. Retired?? a good excuse.

    By the way, Good for Saban for getting his statue, Colt will have his name in the ring of honor at UT along with VY.

  14. Deb says: Apr 17, 2011 2:09 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    Now that I’ve gotten to know Colt away from his Daddy, good for him. He belongs in that ring.

    All I could see that night was a guy walking out on a championship game, and it’s like the worst non-child abuse thing you could do in my world. Have been through a lot myself and have the same “never quit” mentality that can sometimes do more harm than good. I’m learning to curb it where head injuries are concerned, but it’s why I admire Brett Favre’s play despite his personal issues. And it’s why Matt Stafford would suddenly show up on my radar when he comes back in with a separated shoulder to throw a TD.

    Now that I’ve seen Colt take a beating but keep playing against the Steelers pass rush, I can separate him from his handlers. Have no problem admitting when I’m wrong. Courage isn’t something you turn on and off. Obviously Colt is made of better stuff than I thought, and pulling him from that game was his dad’s call. Colt is off to a good start with the Browns and I honestly wish him the best. As with the SEC, I want the AFC North to be competitive and would like to see the Brownies resurge. Still have concerns about his long-term durability, but that really is a physical issue, not a mental one.

    Wasn’t paying much attention to your offensive play-calling prior to Colt’s injury. Was more focused on Muschamp as heir-apparent–and I’m more interested in that side of the ball. After Gilbert came in, Davis didn’t have as many play-calling options. But I thought Gilbert showed a lot of character that night. Our defense on that 09 team was special. About a half dozen first-rounders (so far) who went on to immediately start with their pro teams. Tough squad.

  15. pimpskie says: Apr 17, 2011 4:54 PM


  16. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 17, 2011 9:14 PM

    It’s not just Saban. You have to be either extremely naive or have your head stuck in the sand to not know that every big school provides a “lil extra” to certain players to come to their school.

    Now Deb, you seem to be smart, informative, and not gullible. So surely you don’t think Mr. Saban is the ONLY coach to never look the other way? Now you claim to be southern, so let’s see if we can’t act a lil more like a true southern belle, shall we? Snarking, and taking unimpressive shots at everybody that doesnt share your point of view isn’t exactly hospitable, ladylike, or traits of a true southern.

    So either you have been abandoned for another woman too many times, wear incredibly thick Bama issued blinders, or just have weak people skills, which is it? Or maybe , just maybe, you have not met the TRUE southern gent like myself yet.
    Do share………..

    BTW, a fan of ragging on OSU

  17. Deb says: Apr 18, 2011 1:07 AM

    @iamtalking …

    If you’ve been reading my posts, you’ve seen me acknowledge many times that all programs are capable of corruption, Bama included. However, I’ve never seen you comment on corruption at any program except Bama. Notice you still haven’t provided your team allegiance.

    Oh yes, I’m such a threatening figure on these football blogs with all that vicious snarking at anyone who dares to disagree :roll: Some of the commenters I like best are those with whom I disagree. They’re grownups who can have intelligent discussions of opposing viewpoints or enjoy rival banter. But many boys simply can’t handle a woman posting her views on football–especially if she challenges the supposed male mastery of the subject. Problems usually arise because the fellas can’t take what they dish.

    Boys can try the patience, but I love men. And while some of those I’ve known might describe me as challenging, I can honestly say not one has ever indicated he’d prefer someone else. 😉

  18. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 18, 2011 7:52 AM

    Corruption occurs at all levels, even high school. But I have not seen the level of “gifting” in the Big 12 as I have heard reported in other conferences. Could that be because the Big 12 schools actually have ethics?
    I love jabbing at lil Napolean because, well, it’s fun. But I also love jabbing at the always overrated Ohio State backers as well. Maybe it’s because their fans are so sensitive, like the Buckeye players.
    All considered, I have to say that it seems that the SEC has the shadiest cast of coaches south of Jim “the truth” Tressel”. I havent heard one allegation against Stoops or Brown. Again, could that be because they actually have ethics that are lacking in the great state of Alabama?
    I admit, challenging is an alluring trait in a woman. The yes dear type is only tolerable for so long. But history, even back to cave man days, has shown us that men are the masters on the subjects of cars, hunting,and FOOTBALL. For the ladies to challenge us on these subjects is almost tantamount to a toddler standing up to his parents and declaring he/she is taking over the home. However, since I am an openminded person, I will learn to adapt, after all, some people are worth bending the rules for. After all i can honestly say you are the bast female commentator on here and I can’t imagine preferring to debate another as much.
    Now, since I still have my man card to consider, as long as one is easy on the eyes and knows her way around the main parts of the home, then sometimes, I may admit she has good knowledge of one of the three subjects mastered by us males

  19. Deb says: Apr 18, 2011 12:39 PM

    @iamtalking …

    Did you say the Big 12? As a graduate of a Big 12 school (Mizzou), I can take some pride in that … but under another name that conference was the most corrupt in all football and is the only one to earn the Death Penalty. You haven’t heard any allegations against Saban, either, unless you count silliness about nonboosters stirred up by an Auburn Web site. And even that didn’t involve the coach.

    A toddler standing up to its parents? Glad you’ll learn to adapt. ROFL If it helps, I think hunting is something men do when women go to the spa. The only thing I want to know about a car is how fast it goes from 0 to 70. And I bake a wicked red velvet cake. :)

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