The SEC Network launched on Thursday evening, in case you had not heard. As part of the big debut for the brand new network, many interviews with coaches from around the conference were conducted, including Alabama head coach Nick Saban. As expected, Saban was asked about his thoughts on the quarterback situation as he looks for his third starting quarterback in six years following successful stints with Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron.
One Alabama sports columnist seems to think Saban may have shed some light on which way he is leaning on the starting quarterback position for the 2014 season. Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com suggests Blake Sims is the hot name in fall camp right now, and not Florida State transfer Jacob Coker.
“Blake has really played well and probably developed into a more consistent player at that position than maybe I thought he could at some point in time,” Saban said during the TV interview. This, apparently, was enough to convince Scarbinsky suggest Sims has a real shot to open Alabama’s season against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. Saban was nowhere close to confirming a decision on the starting quarterback, which is also expected given his track record.
“But if Sims has exceeded the expectations Saban once had of him, as the coach said, perhaps the rest of the football world was terribly premature in anointing Coker as AJ McCarron’s successor,” Scarbinsky pondered.
It would be unlike Saban to show his cards at this point, with a couple of weeks still to sort out the competition as well as the rest of the roster.