Alabama lists QBs Jacob Coker and Blake Sims as co-starters for season opener

Alabama quarterbacks Blake Sims (6), Jacob Coker (14) and Alec Morris (11) listen to Alabama offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Lane Kiffin during an NCAA college football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/, Vasha Hunt)

Those hoping Alabama’s recently released depth chart for the season opener against West Virginia would provide some clarity regarding the quarterback situation were disappointed Monday.

Coach Nick Saban listed Jacob Coker and Blake Sims, the two frontrunners in the quarterbacking derby, as co-starters on the depth chart and said both would continue to take reps with the first team this week.

"We're going to continue to rep both guys," Saban said. "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."

While this might be a game-time decision, Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin have to have a favorite going into the season opener. Coker is a transfer from Florida State and was hyped by former coach Jimbo Fisher as the best quarterback Saban will have coached at Alabama. Sims has been overshadowed, but Saban has been quick to make sure no one forgets about Sims and that he has a chance to become the starter as well.

According to tweets from media, Saban noted that whoever starts against West Virginia might not finish the game.

"You've got a starting pitcher, doesn't necessarily mean he is going to go nine innings," Saban said.

And we all know the old adage about having two quarterbacks; if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.

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