Ranking Alabama football starting quarterbacks under Nick Saban

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Alabama football coach, Nick Saban has had eight starting QB’s during his 11 Crimson Tide seasons, and one super sub. We rank the top seven QB’s under Saban.

As Alabama football spring practice commences, all fans are watching the hotly contested battle among sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and junior Jalen Hurts.  The competition will wane for now after Tua’s injury in the first spring practice allows Hurts more time to stake his claim as the Tide’s starting quarterback.

Alabama football sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa rose to national prominence by leading a come from behind triumph against Georgia. As Alabama fans cheered, many began to ponder who is Nick Saban’s best quarterback ever at Alabama? Keep in mind, Alabama football has earned five national titles in the past nine years which further highlights the success Alabama has had at quarterback.

Alabama football and Quarterback Legends

Legendary Alabama football quarterbacks Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Jay Barker, Freddie Kitchens, and Brodie Croyle are national and local icons.  Be that as it may, it was a difficult task for the quarterbacks listed below to measure up to these folk heroes.  In fact, all lived up to the hype.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban has emphasized quarterbacks that can manage a game by driving the offense successfully down the field without making turnovers. As college football has continued to embrace no huddle, run-pass option concepts and athletic quarterbacks, Saban has evolved with the changes.

Listed below are the starting quarterbacks and one super sub under Nick Saban during his time at Alabama.  This list excludes Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett who started a game apiece.

Criteria for the rankings are based on wins, statistics, leadership, and of course, national titles.