Who will replace Bryce Young as the next quarterback for the Crimson Tide? That has been the big question for Alabama since the end of the 2022 season. Unfortunately for Tide fans the spring did not give them any answers. Replacing a talent like Young is not an easy task with how vital he was to the success Alabama has had over the last two years. He passed for a total of 8,356 yards and 80 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions over that time. His play equaled success with a win-loss record of 23-4 and an appearance in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Young also was the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in 2021.
With Young off to the NFL all eyes were on quarterbacks Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson. Milroe is the more experienced of the two, including a start against Texas A&M last season when Young was out with an injury. In that contest there were some major ups and downs. In the 24-20 victory, Milroe completed 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 81 yards rushing, but two turnovers helped keep the Aggies in the game. In very limited action, Simpson was four of five for 35 yards in 2022. Neither of the two separated in the annual A-Day Game, both showing inconsistencies. Milroe and Simpson combined 31 for 63 and three interceptions. It left more questions than answers.
It was not long after spring practice had concluded that there was a new signal caller on campus in Tuscaloosa. Alabama added Notre Dame transfer quarterback Tyler Buchner and reunited him with his former offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. The two worked together last season when Rees held that same position with the Fighting Irish. Buchner was a four-star prospect out of high school and was offered by Alabama before committing to the 2021 class for Notre Dame. He played as a backup in 2021 to Jack Coan and was the opening game starter in 2022. Buchner started the first two games before an injury kept him out until the bowl game. In the Taxslayer Gator Bowl against South Carolina, he went 18 of 33 for 273 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the 45-38 victory. He brings experience that Milroe and Simpson do not.
It should be an interesting fall camp for the Crimson Tide in finding out who will be the next Alabama signal caller.