Nick Saban still looking for his quarterback

Saturday's SEC spring games featured four quarterback battles, and you can expect another on display next weekend when Alabama takes the field. As it stands now, the Crimson Tide still have five candidates and no favorite at the position.

Sure, Nick Saban spoke highly of redshirt freshman David Cornwell after Saturday's scrimmage, but that's because he was asked about Cornwell. Saban has also heaped praise on Jake Coker when asked about him this spring. But all five competitors -- Cornwell, Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett -- remain in the mix.

"We're giving five quarterbacks a chance to play and no one has stood out to where you'd say 'That's the guy,'" Saban told reporters Saturday.

"The issue is finding the one who can do it with the most consistency. It's like the guy [in baseball] who shows he can hit a home run. The good home run hitters hit a home run more often than the other guys.

"We're looking for the guy who can do it consistently and shows he can play winning football."

Remember, the competition was just as unsettled at this time last year, and it wasn't until fall camp when Blake Sims began to establish himself as the starter. Still, next weekend's spring game will be a golden opportunity for all five quarterbacks.

You can read more about the Tide's quarterback battle at the Tuscaloosa News.