TUSCALOOSA — During his first radio show of the season, Alabama coach Nick Saban declined say who will be the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback in the season opener Saturday against West Virginia.
“I really do think people need to understand that I know everybody wants answers and everybody wants to have great hope that a certain player’s going to be able to do certain things at whatever position it might be,” Saban said. “But to be fair to all the players, every player has the opportunity to compete and somebody has to beat somebody out to have credibility with your team.
“My job is to play the best players and the guys that have done best the job for this game. For this game. That does not mean that it’s going to stay that way. It does not mean that if you’re the starting pitcher that you’re going to pitch for nine innings. The manager sometimes comes in and takes the guy out. All these things are options that are available.”
While he didn’t name a starter, Saban hinted at fifth-year senior Blake Sims getting the nod. He has been locked in a battle with transfer Jacob Coker all preseason.
Still, when asked if there was any chance where one quarterback would replace the other even if the first quarterback was playing well, Saban said, “That’s certainly a possibility.”
“We have faith, trust and confidence in Blake Sims,” Saban said. “We’re not going to evaluate Blake and he doesn’t have to look over his shoulder while he’s playing. I think there may be some occasion where the other guy deserves an opportunity at some point in time this season to show what he can do.”
As for Coker, Saban said he is still working on becoming familiar with the system.
“He’s a very talented guy, and we’re going to continue to work with him and develop him,” Saban said. “We’re always going to play the guys that we feel are going to give us the best chance to win.”