Greg McElroy Alabama Jul 19, 2021; Hoover, Alabama, USA; SEC Network personality Greg McElroy visits Radio Row during SEC Media Days at Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The hot topic this spring at Alabama is who replaces Bryce Young at quarterback. The competition is heating up between Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson.

According to head coach Nick Saban, after the Tide’s first scrimmage last week, both quarterbacks did well. There doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut clubhouse leader so far.

Many thought going into the spring that Simpson might be ahead of Milroe because he was thought of as the better passer between the two. Milroe however has proven he can go toe to toe with Simpson so far.

ESPN college football analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy gave his assessment of Milroe’s progress so far this spring.

“Jalen Milroe’s taken a lot of really nice strides forward this spring,” he said. “I would say, because of his athleticism and knowing how many off-schedule plays have occurred, not just for Alabama, but across college football, that athleticism, that explosiveness being arguably the most gifted guy with the ball in his hands on the entire roster, that would go a long way in allowing him to keep hold of that starting quarterback job.”

McElroy thinks that Milroe still needs to cut down on the turnovers. He had three in the Tide’s victory over Texas A&M, which almost cost them the game.

“There are issues, because sometimes when you let someone down and you have a disappointing performance as it relates to ball security, those are difficult things to forget, and that’s a difficult narrative to adjust,” McElroy said

In all likelihood, we may not find out who the Tide’s starter is until the first game of the season.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.