Two members of the Alabama Crimson Tide wear the No. 19 jersey going into the 2013 season, and neither has played a down of football for the Crimson Tide.
Choosing to play minor league baseball over college football out of high school seems attractive to many teenagers. Jai Miller was one of those players.
Ten years ago Miller was drafted to play professional baseball out of Selma, Alabama. When his baseball career ended, he chose to walk-on at Alabama as a safety at age 28. He doesn’t hurt Alabama’s scholarship numbers due to his baseball contract, so no fans should worry about Nick Saban wasting a scholarship.
Don’t look for Miller to make much of an impact on the field, but his professional experience can help him with the younger players.
AJ McCarron has the number one spot locked down, so the only competition between Alabama quarterbacks is the one deciding the order of the backups.
Edward Aldag, a sophomore walk-on, came to Tuscaloosa from Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School. He doesn’t have the ideal body for a SEC quarterback. At six feet and 185 pounds, Aldag does not appear to be able to withstand hits from SEC defenders on a consistent basis.
Fans can expect Aldag to be on the sideline during home games and be one of the scout team quarterbacks. He can hope to get to play later in his career in mop-up duty.