Alabama Football: The intense battle for Tide’s QB2

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Who will be Alabama football’s backup quarterback?

This season, Alabama football can find peace in knowing that Bryce Young will be the starting quarterback. The only Tide quarterback to ever win a Heisman is ready to lead Alabama through the 2022 season, but he is almost guaranteed to move on to the NFL after this year.

There is a great chance that his replacement is on Alabama football’s roster at this moment. The battle to be the starter will take place next offseason, but the best way to see who has the edge is to watch the current battle for QB2.

Right now, Jalen Milroe is Alabama’s backup quarterback. He started for the second string in the A-Day Game, and he played well. However, Ty Simpson also played well behind him. Both quarterbacks showed elite athleticism, and they made solid throws throughout the game.

Simpson has only been in Tuscaloosa for a few short months. His chance to start is over a year away, barring some injury. So, can he catch up to Jalen Milroe?

Milroe has a year of experience in the program, and he has a firm understanding of the offense. He is also a gifted athlete, which will help him separate himself from the competition. However, Simpson has tremendous upside as a passer. Once he goes through the Tide’s summer program and gains muscle, he could be the team’s next Heisman winner at quarterback.

Unless something unexpected happens, Milroe will almost certainly be Alabama football’s QB2 this year. He has more experience, and you don’t want to put a freshman on the field if they are not ready. Since backup reps will be scarce, this won’t mean much in terms of development.

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While Milroe will probably be QB2, don’t think that Simpson is out as QB1 next year. If he shines in practice, he will be firmly in the mix to replace Bryce Young.