The last time the Alabama football team lost by 14 points in the Sugar Bowl was in 2008, and that team also had to deal with finding a new starting quarterback the next season. What’s the good news? Alabama went on to win the 2009 National Championship the following season.
What does this mean? It means that Alabama has been in this situation before, and they handled it very well. In 2008, John Parker Wilson was the starting quarterback. At the end of the 2008 season, Wilson had completed his 4 years of eligibility and decided to enter the NFL draft. Alabama was left with the question of who would replace John Parker Wilson; after a great 2009 spring practice, that job went to Greg McElroy.
With Alabama’s star quarterback AJ McCarron entering the NFL after 4 amazing seasons, the Crimson Tide has to find a new starting quarterback. With five great options, the problem for Alabama is certainly not from a lack of choices: transfer Jacob Coker, senior Blake Sims, sophomore Alec Morris, freshman David Cornwell, and red-shirt freshmen Parker McLeod and Cooper Bateman.
Coker, Sims, and Cornwell are projected to be the top 3 in the running for the starting position. In my opinion, Jacob Coker, a transfer from Florida State University, could easily be the ingredient needed to redeem the Tide’s hope of winning another national title after the devastating two-loss ending to the 2013 season.
Alabama has its annual “A-day” game on Saturday, April 19th, at Bryant Denny Stadium with a televised kickoff at 2pm. A-day is an annual spring scrimmage where fans get to come watch the Crimson Tide in action, check out the new coaches and recruits, observe new offensive and defensive strategies. One question many fans and coaches want answered is who will replace McCarron with hopes of winning Alabama’s 16th National Championship. Stay tuned to see if there is a clear answer after April 19th.