Alabama football coach Nick Saban announced Monday that Jalen Milroe would return as the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson.
Milroe did not play in Alabama’s 17-3 win at South Florida Saban chose to play Simpson as a relief player and start Buchner on Saturday. In re-evaluating the quarterback situation, Saban told reporters that Milroe “earned the opportunity” and that his “leadership” also was a key factor in the decision to restore him as the team’s starting signal-caller.
After Saban’s announcement, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said the decision to reinstate Milroe as the starter was a perplexing choice.
“I’ve covered Nick Saban since the day he arrived in the SEC, and this is maybe the most puzzling statement I’ve ever heard him make,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s SportsCenter On Monday afternoon. “I don’t know how you pull a guy, who you had named your starter in the first game. He was not as good in the second match against Texas. Then you name him. [Milroe] You don’t play the guy. You don’t play the guy [against USF], The following are some examples of how to get started: now he’s your best player, because he showed leadership—essentially being a cheerleader during the game. I mean I don’t know how you can unpack that one any better than what I’ve just said. And it still doesn’t make any sense.”
Milroe started in the Crimson Tide’s first two games, against Middle Tennessee and TexasThe quarterback threw for 449 yard with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Finebaum says that although Milroe may not be the ideal option, he is the one who gives Alabama the greatest chance to win games in the remaining part of the season.