Saban provides Tide QB job to Milroe for SEC opener
Alex Scarborough, ESPN Personnel WriterSep 18, 2023, 01:40 PM ET
- Covers the SEC.Joined ESPN
- in 2012.
- Graduate of Auburn University.The Alabama quarterback competitors seems over.Jalen Milroe, who started the first two games of the season but did
not play against USF this previous weekend, has actually”earned the chance to be the quarterback” moving forward, coach Nick Saban told press reporters Monday.Alabama begins SEC bet Ole Miss at home on Saturday.Saban stated that Milroe has played better than transfer Tyler Buchner and redshirt freshman Ty Simpson in competitors and that he reacted
well to his benching vs. USF.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated”This is all I’m going to state about this,” Saban stated of the quarterback situation.”Jalen really revealed the leadership I was trying to find in regards to supporting his colleagues.”
Milroe might be
seen throughout the game encouraging his teammates as they came off the field during a hard-fought 17-3 win.A redshirt sophomore and the former backup to Bryce Young, Milroe has had an up-and-down start to the season.He was
nearly perfect in the opener against Group of 5 challenger Middle Tennessee, completing 13 of 18 passes for 194 lawns, 3 goals and no interceptions. He likewise ran for 48 yards and 2 scores.But versus a Power 5 challenger in Texas, Milroe was irregular in a home loss. Although he threw two long touchdown passes, he also tossed a set of expensive interceptions.With Milroe sidelined versus USF, Buchner got the start and completed only 5 of 14 pass attempts prior to he was pulled.
Simpson played the rest of the game, running for a 1-yard goal and finishing 5 of 9 passes for 73 backyards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.After the game, Saban stated he believed Simpson played”OK.
“”Made a couple really excellent throws, “Saban stated. “Missed out on a couple big-play throws. … I thought he played well, handled the game well.”Real freshman Dylan Lonergan, who started the season listed as the co-starter in addition to Milroe, Buchner and Simpson, hasn’t appeared in a game this season.