Alabama’s offense struggled last weekend against USF. As it played out its final round of musical chairs at quarterback, the Crimson Tide’s offense mustered just 107 yards through the air while allowing five sacks against the Bulls.
But this week as it prepares for Ole Miss, Alabama has gone back to Jalen Milroe naming him the full-time starter. Milroe isn’t without his early blunders either as throwing two interceptions in Alabama’s loss to Texas was what originally sent him to the bench.
On Wednesday, head coach Nick Saban was asked for an update on how Milroe has performed in his return to the first-team offense.
“He’s doing good,” Saban said to the media. “I think his energy has been good. I think his attitude has been great. And I think the execution on the field has been good. So it’s been good.”
Alabama turned to Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner against USF where he struggled in his debut with the team completing 5-of-14 passes before being replaced by Ty Simpson. Simpson completed 5-of-9 passes for 73 yards while also rushing for a touchdown, but it wasn’t quite the performance to win over the coaching staff.
Shortly after the bleak 17-3 win, Saban made the announcement that Alabama would move back to Milroe as the starter.
“Jalen really showed the leadership I was looking for during the game and was supporting his teammates and doing the things he needed to do,” Saban said on Monday. “He’s had an opportunity to play, so have the other guys. Jalen played the best of those guys, so I think he’s earned the opportunity to be the quarterback.”
Alabama kicks off against Ole Miss at 2:30 p.m. with CBS on the call.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77