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QB Del Rio announces transfer from Alabama; Who will replace McCarron?

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Alabama has plenty of quarterback news going on today. In addition to AJ McCarron not attending the Senior Bowl, Luke Del Rio , son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, has announced he will not be returning to the Crimson Tide in 2014.

“I had an incredible year at Bama, it’s sad to say that it will be my last,” Del Rio said on Twitter Wednesday. “I’m excited for the next chapter of my life and what it will bring, but I will always admit that Bama has the BEST fans in the nation, so much love and support through thick and thin.”

According to, Del Rio previously was extended scholarship offers by Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Colorado State before accepting an offer from Alabama. Whether or not those schools remain options for a transfer is anyone’s guess at this stage.

Unlike Texas Tech’s quarterback situation, Alabama seems to have options to work with starting this spring.

Del Rio took a redshirt in 2013, so he would be immediately eligible to play in the 2014 season if playing time was available or offered by another FBS program. The only other quarterback to attempt a pass for Alabama in 2013 was Blake Sims, who served as McCarron’s back-up all season. Sims figures to be the early favorite to take a lead in a spring quarterback competition for Alabama. Alec Morris also appeared in a game against Chattanooga, but the level of experience for the Crimson Tide under center after three solid years with McCarron leading the offense is relatively raw.

Another player to keep an eye on in the spring will be freshman David Cornwell. the pro-style quarterback is a four-star recruit out of Oklahoma that should be worthy of stepping in to the competition. If Nick Saban’s past is any indication, he will have little hesitation naming a young player his starting quarterback if he believes he is ready to take the lead on the field. That is exactly what he did with McCarron, and that worked out pretty well.

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13 Responses to “QB Del Rio announces transfer from Alabama; Who will replace McCarron?”
  1. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jan 15, 2014 3:53 PM

    There is still the chance that they could get Jacob Coker

  2. normtide says: Jan 15, 2014 4:11 PM

    McCarron started his career splitting time with Phillip Sims. I expect next year to start the same way.

  3. pdcooper08 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    So what is the reason for this one to transfer? Was he in over his head, or does he not like the new OC cuz his dad didn’t get hired to replace him?

  4. bralinshan says: Jan 15, 2014 4:31 PM

    McCarron wasn’t that young when he took over. He was 21 and had already spent 2 seasons in Tuscaloosa before he took the helm as a RS Sophomore.

  5. jimmy53 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:40 PM

    I’m surprised that Coker wasn’t even mentioned in the article. The talk around Tallahasee is that he’s headed there–he’s better than anyone they have and is significantly more athletic than McCarron.

  6. jimmy53 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:42 PM

    FSU will trade Coker to them for Kirby Smart…

  7. slartibartfast4242 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:05 PM

    Btw Kevin, Del Rio was not offered a scholarship by Bama. He was an invited walk-on.

  8. pdcooper08 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:14 PM

    Thanks for the info, I had no idea he was just a walk on. He’d have never played their. Perhaps he can find a school and level he has a chance to compete at.

  9. normtide says: Jan 15, 2014 5:37 PM

    I think he thought he could take over this coming year. He turned scholarships down to walk on at Bama. Granted, his dad has plenty of money, that makes it easier. My guess is he doesn’t think he will get playing time. And I don’t blame him. Better to do it now as he won’t sit out a year, as opposed to transferring after next season. I wish him luck.

  10. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2014 5:54 PM

    Blake Sims? Another Phils Sims son? How many of them are there?

  11. Romulus says: Jan 15, 2014 6:02 PM

    Probably got tired of the dbag AJ hitting on his girl. Yes that happened even while dating the pretty girl from Auburn.

  12. normtide says: Jan 15, 2014 10:41 PM

    Lol, who kicked your sand castle over?

  13. realfootballfan says: Jan 16, 2014 3:20 AM


    AJ is a major douche, and I can say that with conviction from briefly meeting the guy. He’s a dickhead, no wonder his classless mom said that nonsense about Jameis Winston. I see the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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