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08:31 AM ET 04.19 | Who will win the backup job behind AJ McCarron, which ultimately puts someone in the driver's seat to start in 2014? A large cast of candidates breaks into two tiers: returnees Blake Sims, Phillip Ely and Alec Morris and early enrollees Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod and invited walk-on Luke Del Rio. Sims was the primary backup last season. Ely played a little. Morris was redshirted as a freshman. The drop-back passer is the one to keep an eye on Saturday, if he plays despite an injury to his right foot or ankle that he appeared to have sustained in the most recent scrimmage. ... Coach Nick Saban has yet to play a true freshman at quarterback at Alabama, but it still will be interesting to see what the newcomers can do Saturday. Bateman was a heralded signee. Del Rio has blended in well in drills.

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April 19, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Del Rio's is an interesting story.

April 19, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Which one is the best at hand offs?

April 19, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Which one is the best at hand offs?

and winning national championships?

April 19, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

and winning national championships?

Thought Saint Saban, the OL and DL were the ones responsible for winning NCs.

April 19, 2013  10:07 AM ET

How many QB's do they need? It's a 85-man roster (technically speaking of course).

April 19, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Which one is the best at hand offs?

Well, considering we get about as much yards through the air as on the ground, making us very balanced, I would say they can do more than just handoff. 50% of the yards they are passing.

Maybe other teams are pass happy. From when I was a little kid, I have always heard a balanced attack was better than being heavy to run or pass.

And since it has done fairly well recently, I'm going to keep on believing what the old times have always said.

Also, A.J. led the NCAA in passing efficiency. That is because not only is he smart, we also passed in good situations.

April 19, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How many QB's do they need? It's a 85-man roster (technically speaking of course).

They need 7

April 19, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Thought Saint Saban, the OL and DL were the ones responsible for winning NCs.

It starts on the line, but it is every single player doing what his job is and making good decisions. Especially the QB.

April 19, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Hey, Joe. Got the inside skinny on Del Rio?

April 19, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How many QB's do they need? It's a 85-man roster (technically speaking of course).

No sir. We have always showed up to games with 85 or less people on scholarship. Isn't that the rule?

April 19, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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Hey, Joe. Got the inside skinny on Del Rio?

Don't know much about him, actually.

April 19, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

They need 7

Only really needed 1l ast year.

April 19, 2013  10:40 AM ET

Maybe this season, we'll see Bama uncharacteristically employ a formation with 2 QBs in the backfield for some trickeration.

April 19, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Saban has better backup Quarterbacks than most NFL teams.

April 19, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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Saban has better backup Quarterbacks than most NFL teams.

That's what I was thinking. His walk-ons would start at any other school on the planet.

April 19, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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That's what I was thinking. His walk-ons would start at any other school on the planet.

If you guys feel that way, maybe we should just hand Saban the NCG trophy for next season and call it a day.

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April 19, 2013  12:04 PM ET
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Well, considering we get about as much yards through the air as on the ground, making us very balanced, I would say they can do more than just handoff. 50% of the yards they are passing.Maybe other teams are pass happy. From when I was a little kid, I have always heard a balanced attack was better than being heavy to run or pass. And since it has done fairly well recently, I'm going to keep on believing what the old times have always said.Also, A.J. led the NCAA in passing efficiency. That is because not only is he smart, we also passed in good situations.

Don't doubt your stats Joe. Balance is the best...if one has the horses need to accomplish both.

Question is, could they pass it successfully if they couldn't run it?

...and the defense knows they are going to chunk it every play?

April 19, 2013  12:06 PM ET
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That's what I was thinking. His walk-ons would start at any other school on the planet.

Are you accusing them of stockpiling talent?

 
April 19, 2013  12:08 PM ET
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ESPN will try. Makes for good press and tv ratings.

Knew you were lurking out there.

Guido hasn't kicked you out of the SLC hood yet?

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