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Alabama continues to evaluate QB room for matchup against USF

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Alabama football started its season with Jalen Milroe as the No. 1 quarterback in the room.

He turned in an exciting performance against Middle Tennessee State, but Milroe suffered two crucial turnovers in the Crimson Tide’s 24-34 loss to Texas at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Some want to see the coaching staff stick with Milroe and run an offense tailored-made for him. Others, however, want to see Nick Saban look elsewhere at quarterback. Football is a team game, and it works when all 11 players — both offense and defense — perform their roles. He did not have a great outing versus the Longhorns, but the bulk of the loss is not on Milroe. He accounted for two touchdown passes and tried to bring the team back for a victory.

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Coach Saban highlighted Tyler Buchner’s progress in Monday’s press conference. He likes what Buchner has done in his development, and the transfer has looked good in practice. On Wednesday, Saban addressed reporters via phone in the Southeastern Conference Coaches Teleconference. He said he is continuing to evaluate the quarterback room.

“If guys want security in their position, they need to play well,” Saban said. “Everybody on our team knows that. … We’ll constantly evaluate that position, as we do every other position.”

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Alabama did not make the quarterbacks visible in Tuesday’s practice video.

It faces South Florida on Saturday so it will be interesting to see who starts the game.

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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. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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