Throughout spring practice and into summer camp, Nick Saban has given no indication whatsoever that he’s even remotely in a hurry to name a replacement for Greg McElroy as Alabama’s starting quarterback.
Two days before the start of the 2011 season, Saban’s still not inclined to hurry. He is, though, willing to reveal exactly how the first game at the position will play out. Kinda.
Saban confirmed Thursday that the competition between AJ McCarron (No. 10) and Phillip Sims (No. 14), as expected, will indeed bleed into the opener against Kent State, with each player getting an equal opportunity to show something that may stand out above the other ahead of a trip to Happy Valley the following weekend. One thing Saban wouldn’t do, however, was specify a name when it comes to who will take the first snap against his alma mater.
“Basically, we’re gonna play a guy for three series and the next guy will play for three series and then we’ll do it all over again,” Saban said Thursday night. “…I know everyone has the idea you have to play with one quarterback, that’s the only way you can play. We had two guys that have both done a really good job. Not one has separated them self from the other. How they play in the game may go a long way to saying which one of these guys is better.”
In reality, and no offense to the Golden Flashes, it really doesn’t whether McCarron or Sims starts Saturday, or which one takes more snaps. More than likely — and again, no offense at all meant — the same opening-game data points likely don’t matter when it comes to the following week against Penn State. At some point between now and the Sept. 24 SEC opener against Arkansas, however, there needs to be some clarity at the most important position on the field for a team that clearly has the talent at every other position to end the season in New Orleans.
Well, at least according to one Internet dolt they do.