Tide’s new starting QB? Either Jacob Coker or Blake Sims

Blake Sims is battling Jacob Coker for the starting QB job at Alabama. (AP photo)

Blake Sims is battling Jacob Coker for the starting QB job at Alabama. (AP photo)

Jacob Coker or Blake Sims.

Sims or Coker.

There has been much debate over who will replace AJ McCarron as Alabama’s starting quarterback, and it appears the mystery might continue until Saturday, when the Tide opens against West Virginia.

Coker and Sims were listed as starters on Alabama’s depth chart that was released Monday.

“We’re going to continue to rep both guys,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com earlier today. “We feel like both guys have been doing a very, very good job. Obviously somebody has to start the game. We’ll make that decision probably at some point in time this week.

“I think both guys are doing a good job right now. We’re going to continue to try to develop both of those players at this point.”

Saban likes Sims’ experience and knowledge of the system. The former Gainesville High star has been at Alabama since 2011 and played in eight games last year behind McCarron.

Coker transferred after three years at Florida State, arriving in Tuscaloosa in May.

“Jacob is obviously the newer guy of the two who doesn’t have the same knowledge and experience,” Saban said. “I think we’re just trying to get him more and more familiar so he can play with the rhythm that we need to play with offensively. It’s just about confidence.”


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