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Nick Saban’s thoughts on Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson on day one of Alabama’s spring practice

Nick Saban coaching Alabama defensive backs during first day of spring practice.
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban had one message for reporters after Monday’s spring football practice.

Everyone wants to talk quarterbacks, especially with Bryce Young off to the NFL Draft.

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Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson return to a talented room, and the Crimson Tide signed two freshmen. Eli Holstein and Dylan Lonergan are focused on development, and Saban said the winner between Milroe and Simpson has to ‘earn it.’ He wants the quarterback room locked in on developing as players and leaders. Alabama has a competition at quarterback for the first time since 2014 with two players that have unique skill sets. Saban likes Milroe and Simpson, but he loves the weapons around them.

“I think everyone has an opportunity,” Saban said Monday about the competition at quarterback. “None of the guys have a significant amount of experience. Jalen played one game and a half a game where he had to play, and he made a lot of plays. He made plays in a different way than Bryce made plays. Ty, who made significant progress throughout the year, but never had an opportunity to play in critical situations in a game, is someone we also think has developed and made a lot of improvement. He has the potential to be a pretty good player. Development at that position is going to be critical for our team this year.”

We will see who wins the coaching staff and team between Milroe and Simpson.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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