ARLINGTON, Texas -- Which position battle was the biggest talking point for Alabama this offseason?


So, what do you think everyone wanted to know about after the Crimson Tide’s season-opening 35-17 win over Wisconsin Saturday night?

During his postgame press conference immediately following Alabama’s decisive victory at AT&T Stadium, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban fielded a plethora of questions (five) either in direct reference to the game’s quarterback starter, Jake Coker, or about the position in general in regards to the team.

“He did a really good job,” Saban said. “I thought he was accurate with the ball, he didn’t make any poor decisions. He didn’t put the ball into coverage anywhere, did a nice job of executing what we wanted him to do. It created balance in our offense, which was really, really good.”

Coker, a fifth-year senior, played on Alabama’s first eight offensive series, completing 15 of 21 passes for 213 yards and one score. His 17-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster in the second quarter put the Crimson Tide ahead 14-7.

Sophomore Cooper Bateman, the other Alabama quarterback who received significant game reps Saturday, was 7 of 8 for 51 yards.

Junior Alec Morris played in the team’s final offensive series when Alabama was running out the clock.

Saban said he made the decision on Thursday to play both Coker and Bateman in the game.

Saban added that a permanent starter has not yet been decided, though.

“We’ll look at the film and evaluate the things that we need to do to improve on,” Saban said, “and we’ll make a decision about who plays quarterback based on what’s best for our team.”

For Saban’s full postgame press conference, watch the video from above.

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