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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Alabama Depth Chart: QUARTERBACK

2012 Depth Chart

1. AJ McCarron, Jr.
2. Alec Morris, Fr.
3. Phillip Ely, rFr.
4. Blake Sims, rSo.

McCarron returns as the unquestioned leader. The MVP of the BCS Title game. AJ and Saban are like brothers, according to DJ Fluker, and are completely on the same page in every way. Saban has hinted recently, over and over, that he wants to open up the passing game this season more than we've seen before and that he trusts AJ as much if not more than any QB he's had before. 

AJ is my personal favorite player on the team, and I think he is about to have the best statistical year in the history of Bama QB's. The single season passing records are all easily within reach, he wasn't far from them last year. Expect him to pass for around 3,000 yards, 20 TDs with less than 7 INTs, and compete for ALL SEC honors with Arkansas's Tyler Wilson and Georgia's Aaron Murray.

AJ threw the least amount of INTs of any starting QB in the SEC with 5. 

ZERO QB's in the history of the SEC who have thrown more than 200 passes in a season have had a lower INT ratio than AJ had last year. 

He completed 67% of his passes.

He passed for over 2,600 yards

New Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier wasn't on the job long before he commented on how impressed he was with AJ, saying he can make all the throws and has a very very high ceiling.

I think we will see AJ playing on Sundays in the future. I just hope he stays for his senior season. I'm selfish, I know

Phillip Ely redshirted last year and is said to be a very smart Greg McElroy type of game managing QB. At this point, all accounts are that he is AJ's direct backup. 

But I put him 3rd on my depth chart because I think Morris, even as a true freshman this year, will pass him by and see playing time as AJ's backup later on in the season. Morris came into fall camp READY and completely showed out in the first practices, appearing to be alot better and more prepared than expected. He's huge at 6-5, 230 lbs. If AJ leaves early for the NFL after this season, Morris will probably compete next year with Cooper Bateman. An injury to AJ this year would be a really big concern for us without a guy behind him that has played. 

We all know Phillip Sims split for UVA. I didn't care for Sims anyway. His Twitter account showed him to be an immature idiot and I wasn't very impressed with him being a part of Alabama in the first place, so good riddance. 

Blake Sims is really an unknown. He has a decent arm, but is more of an athlete than passer, and has gone back and forth between practicing at QB and RB. Not sure where his future is, but he's a talented guy, that's for sure

The Future 

1. Cooper Bateman, 5 stars, No. 2 in the nation, class of 2013 
2. Parker McLeod, 3 stars, No. 62 in the nation, class of 2013

1 comment:

  1. Good thing we have an awesome offensive line because an injury to QB could be our undoing just as it was to Florida last year.