Alabama Football: Breaking Down Tide's QB Contenders for 2014 Season

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Alabama Football: Breaking Down Tide's QB Contenders for 2014 Season
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Alabama QB Blake Sims

If there's one criticism facing Alabama head coach Nick Saban, it's that—during AJ McCarron's three years as starting quarterback—he didn't groom a backup quarterback to take over either in a pinch or after McCarron's career closed.

When the backup went in for mop up duty, it was truly mop up duty. 

As a result, new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's first order of business is figuring out who's going to take the first team snaps.

Freshman Luke Del Rio took his name out of the running on Wednesday, when he announced on Twitter that he is leaving the Alabama program. 

That leaves senior Blake Sims, sophomore Alec Morris, redshirt freshmen Cooper Bateman and Parker McLeod and true freshman David Cornwell fighting for playing time to become the next starter for the Tide.

So who's going to win the job? Let's take a look at the competitors.

*All recruiting rankings courtesy 247Sports.com

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