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08:17 AM ET 02.11 | How many quarterbacks does it take to back up AJ McCarron in Tuscaloosa? Among Alabama's seven -- yes, seven -- quarterbacks who will participate in spring practice, McCarron is the only one whose status is defined. He's the starter heading into his final year at Alabama while the other six will compete to not only back him up, but also be in the driver's seat to ultimately succeed him in 2014. There are three new additions -- [Cooper Bateman], Parker McLeod and preferred walk-on Luke Del Rio -- to go along with the three who backed up McCarron in 2012 -- Blake Sims, Phillip Ely and Alec Morris. Behind McCarron, there's no such thing as seniority, Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

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February 11, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Life is good.

February 11, 2013  09:43 AM ET

6 guys fighting for AJ's sloppy seconds.

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February 11, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Life is good.

Yes, competition at any position is a good thing!!! :-)

February 11, 2013  11:03 AM ET

Are all these guys on scholarship? If so, that seems like a few too many.

February 11, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Are all these guys on scholarship? If so, that seems like a few too many.

Oops, just re-read the article. At least one is a walk-on.

February 11, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Oops, just re-read the article. At least one is a walk-on.

Word gets out about who dates Tide QBs, and every guy in high school who can throw a ball wants to play there. (Well, almost every guy)

February 11, 2013  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Oops, just re-read the article. At least one is a walk-on.

Blake sims was not recruited as QB but he ended up playing there as backup this last year, just based on needs. He's kind of a receiver/3rd down back/oiption QB type of guy. The ones that usually move into a receiver role later on.

We saw that he was better than Ely, if used as a Wildcat/option QB so he moved into the backup. I believe he will move back to a receiver type role this year.

February 11, 2013  01:21 PM ET

Bet the deer antler spray is selling out....

February 11, 2013  01:37 PM ET

Pick the one that mooterus recruited as a DB! :D

February 11, 2013  02:02 PM ET

Grind 'em up and spit them out, Bama. They signed. They get what's coming their way.

February 11, 2013  02:16 PM ET

with a program like that and the perks that come with being QB at bama..... the lines will be long.

February 11, 2013  03:31 PM ET

And their girlfriends are just as eager for them to get the starting job so that Brent Musberger can provide them 15 minutes of fame.

February 11, 2013  04:26 PM ET
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And their girlfriends are just as eager for them to get the starting job so that Brent Musberger can provide them 15 minutes of fame.

15 minutes? Looks like SI upped the ante this month.

February 11, 2013  04:41 PM ET

I have no idea why Luke Del Rio (Jack's son) is walking on at Alabama when he had actual scholarship offers from places like OK st.

February 11, 2013  04:46 PM ET
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I have no idea why Luke Del Rio (Jack's son) is walking on at Alabama when he had actual scholarship offers from places like OK st.

Yes, that does sound "very" strange!!!!

February 11, 2013  04:53 PM ET
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I have no idea why Luke Del Rio (Jack's son) is walking on at Alabama when he had actual scholarship offers from places like OK st.

Luke Del Rio, also received a scholarship offer from Oregon State!!! Could it be his grades???

February 11, 2013  08:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Luke Del Rio, also received a scholarship offer from Oregon State!!! Could it be his grades???

Or maybe he feels that playing under Nick Saban is his best chance at making it to the NFL?

February 11, 2013  10:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Or maybe he feels that playing under Nick Saban is his best chance at making it to the NFL?

LOL, could be, but tell me the last real good Bama QB that made it in the NFL and McElroy doesn't count!!! Also without a scholarship, who is going to pay for his schooling, his dad???

 
February 11, 2013  10:49 PM ET

Their transfer prospects must be limited.

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