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With the heavily anticipated summer arrival of Florida State quarterback transfer Jacob Coker, the remaining five participants in the quarterback battle have the spring stage left to mount a push for the starting job.
Senior Blake Sims has the experience of being in the program, but whether he can complement his running ability to be efficient enough as a passer remains to be seen.
However, don't expect his seniority to help him in this derby, either. As Gribble detailed, Saban spoke about the quarterback situation for 2014 during one of his weekly radio appearances last October and was noncommittal on the idea of handing over the reins to Sims.
"Not at all," Saban said. "Not at all."
Sophomore Alec Morris and redshirt freshman Cooper Bateman possess all the physical tools necessary to become SEC-caliber passers. Incoming freshman David Cornwell also fits the bill physically, but his first spring at the college level will likely entail fully recovering from a torn ACL suffered during his senior season at the prep level.
Redshirt freshman Parker McLeod is a quarterback who possesses the game-manager elements that have been a staple of Saban’s past successes at the position.
While all five passers have characteristics that bring something different to the table, the pending arrival of Coker puts pressure on all of them to prove their abilities this spring. Whether or not one of them seizes the opportunity to make a statement will top the list of the most intriguing storylines of spring practice at the Capstone.