Over the past two seasons, the quarterback position at Alabama has been established, led by Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young.
Young, who led the crimson tide to the national championship game in 2021 while winning the Heisman Trophy, he was selected first overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Alabama will enter the college football season 2023 with questions at the quarterback position following Young’s departure.
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«We have three guys competing for that position right now,» Saban said Wednesday. «All of those players are getting better, and it’s important to us that all of those players are getting better. I don’t think anyone has broken up to this point yet and I don’t think it’s something we’re trying to rush.»
The Crimson Tide returned quarterback Jalen Monroe from the 2022 roster and added notre dame transfer to Tyler Buchner.
Redshirt freshman Ty Simpson is also in the mix after attempting five passes in 2022.
«I used the analogy before, Grandma Saban used to bake the best cakes in the world and I used to stand by the oven as a kid and say, ‘When is this cake going to be made? When is this cake going to be made?’ Saban continued. “And she said, ‘If I don’t let it go and take it out of the oven too soon, it’ll turn to mush. So it won’t be a really good cake.’
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«So I think we have to let this play out and make sure we let the bake cake until someone breaks up. And all the players are working hard, they all have a good attitude, they are all competing well.»
Monroe was Young’s backup last season, starting against Texas A&M in Week 6 when Young sat out with an injury.
While at Notre Dame, Buchner began the 2022 season as a starter before being injured in the second game.
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«I use the cake analogy because it’s not done yet,» Saban said when talking about his quarterback quarter. «There is no decision that needs to be made at this time, nor are we ready to make a decision at this time until someone separates.»
Alabama opens the 2023 season on September 2 against Middle Tennessee State.