The Alabama Crimson Tide have a huge problem on their hands.
The team is looking for their next starting quarterback as Bryce Young heads to the NFL Draft, where he’s projected to be the No. 1 overall pick. The quarterback battle this offseason is between Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson.
Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson, the two Alabama players vying to replace Bryce Young as starting quarterback, struggled during the Crimson Tide’s annual A-Day scrimmage on Saturday. It was so bad as both threw a combined three interceptions while completing fewer than half of their passes.
Milroe, a redshirt sophomore, and Young’s primary backup last season, threw two picks. Simpson, a redshirt freshman who attempted only five passes last season, turned the ball over once.
Milroe only completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts. Simpson, meanwhile, finished the game 12-for-26 passing.
The quarterback situation was so bad that head coach Nick Saban has to address the possibility of bringing in a transfer quarterback to compete for the starting job.
“We’ve tried to build this program here with the guys that we recruit and the people in the program,” Saban said according to ESPN, “but we have had a few guys that have come in and made real impacts on the team, and if we see an opportunity to do that, we’re always looking for a way to make our team better.”
Last season, the Crimson Tide failed to make the College Football Playoffs with Bryce Young, now the potential of getting there is going to be even harder on whoever emerges as Young’s successor.
Milroe and Simpson are relatively unknown commodities at the college level who were highly rated recruits. Milroe is a 6-2, 201-pound athlete from Katy, Texas. He is big enough to shake off tackles and athletic enough to make plays with his feet. Simpson stands 6-2 and 185 pounds as he prepares to enter his second season at Alabama.
Meanwhile, Young is the latest Tide quarterback to leave early for the NFL, where Mac Jones, Jalen Hurts, and Tua Tagovailoa are already starters. The only Alabama quarterback to be a No. 1 pick was Joe Namath in the 1965 AFL draft.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.