Nick Saban went on ESPN’s SportsCenter to discuss how the Crimson Tide are progressing toward the 2015 season. Saban was asked about how he’ll decide on a starting quarterback and like any good CEO, Saban detailed how he hopes the plan to decide who will start will play out.
“We started with five, gave everybody an opportunity all summer long. We’ve tried to continue that in camp, but I think as time goes on, we’re making an evaluation each and every day.
“We’re going to start tilting the reps toward the guys we feel have the best opportunity to win the job. At the first scrimmage, we’re going to give everybody an opportunity to see how they get it done in live bullets. That’s something we’ll really evaluate this Saturday.”
Alabama will have one of its three allowed practice scrimmages Saturday, and Saban hopes to see how his quarterbacks respond to playing under the lights, noting that practice isn’t always the best place to find out everything you need to know.
“I don’t think there’s any question that some guys do much better when they’re on their own,” Saban said Friday on ESPN, again according to 247Sports. “They have a competitive capacity.
“I think Blake Sims was a lot like that. There were times in practice when he struggled to do exactly what you wanted him to do and how you wanted him to do it. But when the lights went on, because he was such an instinctive guy, he made a lot of plays. Sometimes they weren’t exactly like you drew them up, but he executed the offense, and players had confidence in him.”
If things hold true to plan the frontrunners for the quarterback position should be solidified very soon.