Jalen Milroe, Ty Simpson not backing down from quarterback competition this fall
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Peyton Davis
With former Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner transferring into the program with starting experience and an existing relationship with the University of Alabama’s new football offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, it’s been assumed that he’s the favorite to win the job and that Ty Simpson or Jalen Milroe would transfer as a result. However, Simpson and Milroe don’t look like they’re going anywhere, meaning a three-way competition for QB may continue into the season.
Milroe reaffirmed his commitment to the program last week, as he organized a workout with the Crimson Tide receiving group in Tampa. This is a smart move by Milroe, as it shows leadership qualities and work ethic as well as building chemistry with the pass catchers in Alabama’s offense.
The junior quarterback’s raw talent is unquestioned; he is the biggest and strongest of the trio as well as one of the team’s fastest players. Even if he does not win the job, Rees and co. should find ways to get the ball in his hands.
Whether it was his 77-yard run against Arkansas last year or his 35-yard touchdown run during the A-Day game, his physical upside is boundless. That said, he struggled with accuracy and timing last year when he came in as relief for Bryce Young during the Arkansas and Texas A&M games; if he doesn’t show better ball security and ability to deliver throws from the pocket, this battle will be over by Week 2.
Milroe being a leader in the dog days of the offseason is a positive development for the team’s outlook, and he and Simpson sticking with the Tide ensures the team will have the best possible option under center for next season.
Simpson has also been on social media lately, with numerous videos showing him working on his craft and showcasing his arm talent.
The former five star from Tennessee showed he was slightly further along as a quarterback than Milroe in spring, but he has zero experience in significant snaps at the college level.
This battle for starting quarterback is far from over, and it will continue as one of college football’s top stories all the way to the Texas game Sept. 9.