Saban offers another possibile solution to thin QB situation

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BIRMINGHAM — Few positions necessitates practical experience more than quarterback. That’ll be somewhat of an issue for Alabama this fall.

Only Alabama’s returning starter AJ McCarron knows what it’s like to leave the sideline as a college quarterback. The transfer of backup Phillip Sims to Virginia last month leaves Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban with more former quarterbacks on his coaching staff than his bullpen.

So he might get creative.

Saban said there are options beyond redshirt freshman Phillip Ely and incoming freshman Alec Morris.

“I think last year, we actually had a plan for Blake Sims to play quarterback,” Saban said Tuesday before a Crimson Caravan stop in Birmingham. “He played quarterback in high school. He’s a different style of quarterback than what we have, but we also have the flexibility on offense.”

Blake Sims could add a running threat in a “Wildcat” style role that the Tide tinkered with last season. The plans were scrapped before the national championship season began and Blake Sims saw limited playing time as a running back.

Ely, a traditional drop-back passer, redshirted in 2011 after enrolling a semester early. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 83 yards as the backup on the second-team offense in the A-Day spring game April 14.

Morris is set to arrive in Tuscaloosa this summer for classes. Saban said enrolling early, as Sims and Ely did, isn’t a prerequisite for making noise as a freshman.

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