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Alabama Football: Loss To Texas Raises Questions Surrounding Quarterback Play

There are certain programs that have been spoiled under center. The turnover at the quarterback position has been extremely lucrative for Alabama over the years. This was a question mark coming into the season and it is showing early on.

The Crimson Tide were handled by Texas during a 34-24 loss on Saturday night. Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns came in ready to takeover Tuscaloosa and they did just that. The bottom line is, the team with the better quarterback won the game. Quinn Ewers was incredible all night long and was able to get the ball in the end zone.

This has raised the question: Is Alabama’s dynasty over? That should not be the focus, especially with Nick Saban on the sideline. The real question is: Where does Alabama go from here at the quarterback position?

In 2022, Bryce Young suffered an injury against Arkansas. Jalen Milroe came in and rushed six times for 91 yards and a touchdown. He would start the next week against Texas A&M and finished 12-for-19 for 111 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Coming into the season, Milroe was relatively inexperienced and fans were unsure whether he could be successful throwing the ball on a consistent basis.

Against Texas, the answer was no.

Milroe finished 14-for-27 for 255 yards and two touchdowns against Texas. He also threw two costly interceptions and Texas was able to take advantage. In Week 1, Milroe missed some throws but a lopsided score against Middle Tennessee State watered down the reaction. The same cannot be said following a loss.

There have been questions raised regarding the future of the position but it seems premature to make a change two weeks in.

Tommy Rees was brought in to be the offensive coordinator after a stint at Notre Dame. He brought Tyler Buchner with him, who is listed as the backup to Milroe. Redshirt freshman Ty Simpson spent last year in the system but does not have much experience on the field.

The schedule is loaded once again for Alabama, who has to take on the likes of LSU, Tennessee, and Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide will get a chance to bounce back following the loss to Texas with a matchup against South Florida. In a game like this, it benefits the offense to start Milroe and see how he bounces back. This is a chance to log some reps in a low-tension situation.

With a team like Alabama, any loss makes it seem like the sky is falling. This is a team that is used to winning national championships and losses are not the standard. While there are questions surrounding Milroe at the quarterback position, it is not time to jump ship just yet.


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