Until then, the Tide is in the midst of a three-man competition this spring. Or is it two?
That was a question intimated by al.com, which noted that, when asked about the future and current state of the battle, head coach Nick Saban mentioned only three of the combatants: Coker, Blake Sims and Cooper Bateman. The third of the three-headed spring race, Alec Morris (pictured), didn’t merit a mention.
“We’re really looking forward to Jacob coming in,” Saban said. “We think he’s an outstanding young man and certainly the kind of person we really look forward to have in our program in terms of his character, his attitude. He’s certainly a guy we coveted in high school and thought he was a very, very good player. We’re anxious to get him there so that he can learn and develop and compete for the job.
“Cooper Bateman and Blake Sims have both done a nice job this spring and are improving very nicely, so we want them to continue to progress and when Jacob comes in, give him every opportunity to see what he can do.”
Does this mean Morris is on the outside looking in or was this simply an oversight? Only Saban — who just last week stated Sims, Bateman and Morris “have sort of emerged as the three guys that look like they’re the most ready to play” — and his offensive coaching staff, including new coordinator Lane Kiffin, can answer that for certain.
Until Coker arrives, Sims is the only quarterback on the roster who has thrown a pass at the collegiate level. Also to his early advantage is the fact that he served as McCarron’s primary backup in 2013 and, prior to Coker’s signing earlier this offseason, was the prohibitive favorite to take over the starting job. Bateman was a four-star member of UA’s 2013 recruiting class while Morris was a three-star member of the 2012 class.
True freshman early enrollee David Cornwell, a four-star recruit in the latest recruiting cycle, is also technically a part of the competition, but could very well be headed for a redshirt given the quality and depth at the position.