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Transfer QB U; Alabama loses 5th QB to transfer under Saban

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Alabama will feature a brand new starting quarterback this fall following the graduation of AJ McCarron. This much we know for sure: Parker McLeod will not be the new face of the Crimson Tide offense.

Multiple reports Tuesday say McLeod will be looking for a transfer out of Alabama, with head coach Nick Saban confirming to reporters at the SEC meetings he has given Parker permission to weigh his options. As noted by, Parker will be the fifth quarterback to transfer away from Alabama under Saban. Part of that is because Saban has had two quarterbacks that have proven capable of guiding the Crimson Tide in Greg McElroy and McCarron. the desire to compete and perhaps receive more playing time elsewhere has grown for some under center in Tuscaloosa.

Blake Sims and Florida State transfer Jacob Coker are expected to be the top two candidates for the starting job in 2014, but Alabama has a few other younger options hoping for a shot as well. Sophomore Alec Morris, redshirt freshman Cooper Bateman and freshman David Cornwell will all compete for playing time this fall.

There is no word yet what schools McLeod may check out, but Saturday Down South makes note he previously chose Alabama over Maryland, UCF, Boston College, Oklahoma State and Louisville. Louisville has already added a handful of SEC transfers, but each of those schools could probably benefit from adding another QB to the mix.

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10 Responses to “Transfer QB U; Alabama loses 5th QB to transfer under Saban”
  1. kcmcghee says: May 27, 2014 3:07 PM

    Perhaps another reason they are leaving is that Alabama is not known for developing premiere quarterbacks. They haven’t had a quarterback drafted in the first round since 1977.

  2. dcole001 says: May 27, 2014 4:08 PM

    This Kid was not a very good QB. Fairly slow and weak arm. He was never going to get past holding a clip board. Wasted scholarship if he stayed. He belongs in Conference USA or Sunbelt where he might have a chance at making the field before he graduates.

  3. williered says: May 27, 2014 4:42 PM

    Saban has proved you do not need a top rated qb in order to win consistently. Manziel was a top rated qb during his two years at A&M, however, the team was mid-pack in the SEC… defense.

  4. Bo Darville says: May 27, 2014 10:15 PM

    Bring back Shula!

  5. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 27, 2014 11:25 PM

    I do not get why fans take this so personally. The one sided expectations are ridicules. If this guy broke his leg and could not compete then Bamma would cut his scholarship faster then you can say buy that recruit a new car. But things don’t work out and all of the sudden the same hillbilly, redneck fans who were praising this guy committing on national signing day are saying he is slow with no arm. So funny if he was so slow and weak armed he would be cut not leaving on his own terms. I wish this kid the best.

  6. kvt7280 says: May 28, 2014 12:32 AM

    He knows the best QB’s come from the Pac 12 and not the SEC. So he’s looking for a Pac 12 head coaching staff to make him a first or second rd pick.

  7. ace402 says: May 28, 2014 4:03 AM

    kcmcghee, but they have won six national titles since 1977. 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012.

  8. dhardy8207 says: May 28, 2014 8:40 AM

    iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says;

    “But things don’t work out and all of the sudden the same hillbilly, redneck fans who were praising this guy committing on national signing day are saying he is slow with no arm. So funny if he was so slow and weak armed he would be cut not leaving on his own terms.”


    Uumm, First; You’re from West Virginia and you’re calling someone else a “hillbilly”? LOL… there goes that I’m hollier than thou complex again… Or is it just what your user name says, envy?

    Second, most fans praise any recruit that commits to their team. This is not just an SEC thing, Trojan fans praised Matt Barkley, good athlete, but a mediocre QB. I’ve been on CFT for several years now and I don’t recall and over abundance amount of praise on this particular player. I’m sure when he came in he knew that its a “competition” in the sense that everyone knows they must out do their competition for the job. Everyone knows why he hasn’t had a chance the last three years because as the article states AJ had that position locked down.

  9. kcmcghee says: May 30, 2014 2:28 AM

    True, ace402, but my comments are not about the overall historical achievements of the team. My comments were specifically directed at the historical quality or lack thereof of the quarterback coaching staff. I’m sure they could have managed more than six titles in that time frame had they devoted more or better resources in that area.

  10. ace402 says: May 30, 2014 9:40 PM

    My comments were specifically directed that in college football it is more of a team game and winning is the most important thing and six titles is a lot of winning. The majority of those titles that Alabama won in that time span were with a ground and pound running game and having a quarterback was going into pro football wasn’t needed.

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