From Jalen Hurts to Tua Tagovailoa to Mac Jones and now Bryce Young, Nick Saban has been on a historic quarterback run. However, going into their Sugar Bowl matchup with Kansas State, there are a lot of questions surrounding the quarterback position for Alabama.
Superstar QB Bryce Young will play in the bowl game, much to the surprise of college football fans. It isn’t with Bryce where the questions lie. The questions are what comes next after Alabama loses its greatest quarterback?
Alabama Quarterback Options:
While it was thought that Coach Saban might dip into the transfer portal for freshman standout Drake Maye. That turned out to be a pipe dream for Alabama fans. Saban and Alabama will be rolling with the quarterbacks currently on the roster. Let’s get into the options:
We got to see some of Jalen Milroe during Bryce Young’s injury. The young quarterback looked decent against Texas A&M and Arkansas. He is very raw, much like Jalen Hurts during his time in Alabama. Milroe seems like the favorite currently, however footage during practice for the bowl game has come out of him running routes at wide receiver. Only time will tell with Milroe.
Now, with Milroe’s future up in the air, the guy on his heels is Ty Simpson. Simpson was a top recruit, with a 98.883 composite rating. He left his home state of Tennessee for Alabama and is the reported reason Alabama went out on Arch Manning. Personally, I think Ty Simpson has all the tools to be the next great Alabama quarterback.
Alabama brings in two 4-star quarterbacks, neither of which will make much of an impact — at least initially. Eli Holstein has drawn Mac Jones comparisons, which feels like an insult to Mac Jones. Dylan Lonergan has a bit more upside, but he’s extremely raw and will need time to develop.
Who is the Alabama Quarterback next year
My take is that Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson will have a serious battle all off-season. In the end, the versatility of Milroe means he might end up as a running back or wide receiver. Ty Simpson ends up as the Alabama quarterback. Simpson will need a lot of help, but he can get the job done in T-Town.