At least for the moment, Alabama has a starting quarterback.
Shortly before Alabama’s game with Wisconsin kicked off, Nick Saban confirmed that Florida State transfer Jake Coker will get the start under center in the neutral-field non-conference matchup with Wisconsin. Coker had been involved in a spring practice- and summer camp-long battle with, among others, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris.
In the same pregame interview, the Tide head coach revealed that Bateman will also play, intimating that the quarterback competition is still an ongoing battle between the two.
After losing the quarterback competition to Jameis Winston in 2013, Coker transferred from the Seminoles following that season. He spent the 2014 season as Blake Sims‘ primary backup after losing out in a competition with the senior.
Bateman, a four-star 2013 signee, served as the Tide’s primary holder on extra points and field goals after redshirting as a true freshman.