Alabama Football: The true position battle is for QB2

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Alabama football has an idea who will start at quarterback

When a quarterback leaves for the NFL Draft, it is normal to have some sort of a quarterback competition. Alabama football fans have seen plenty of great competitions over the Nick Saban era. However, the 2021 battle seems to be over before it even started.

Bryce Young was in the 2020 quarterback competition, but he lost to Mac Jones. Now that he is back in a familiar spot, it appears that he will not let this be close. After many practices and multiple scrimmages, Nick Saban has complimented Young’s development more than any quarterback we’ve seen at this stage in their career.

Young didn’t fill the box score during his reps with the second string as a true freshman, but he was never in a situation to truly take over a game. He mostly handed off the ball and chewed the clock. He will now be protected by the top offensive line and throw to John Metchie and other starters.

With Young cementing his place as QB1, the real quarterback battle for Alabama football is taking place behind him. Who will be the backup quarterback for the Crimson Tide?

Paul Tyson has two years of college under his belt, but he still has four years of eligibility. Bryce Young immediately jumped him on the depth chart and became Alabama football’s backup last season.

While Tyson has time in the program, Jalen Milroe has shown improvement so far as well. Saban complimented his improvement after Alabama’s last scrimmage.

This battle will take place over the summer and into the fall, but don’t be surprised if Milroe is the backup quarterback by the beginning of the 2021 season. He has a lot of upside, and his ability to show growth quickly speaks to what he can become.

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Fans might want a quarterback battle, and they’ll get one. It will just be for QB2 as opposed to QB1.