Our good friend Kleph has started back the Crimson & White Roundtable. I will be hosting the questions next week and then posting links to all of the Bama Blogs that answer. It's great to get back in the fold, especially right before the A-Day game.
1. Is Alabama on the verge of a quarterback controversy? The backup quarterback is always a fan favorite, but A.J. McCarron posted good stats from the first spring scrimmage. What are the chances he some significant playing time in 2010? Would that be good or bad?
There absolutely will be no quarterback controversy. We have a quarterback that is 30-0 as a starter, who just led us to a National Title. While AJ has been awesome through the spring, McElroy was awesome through the spring of 08 as well. Experience and intangibles are things that Coach Saban looks at - I seriously doubt he'll let a freshman start over a national title winning undefeated senior.
2. Were there any other bits of good or bad news from the scrimmage that fans should consider?
Not really, other than the defense looks good and our backup quarterback situation is immensely better than it was last year. I haven't heard much about the special teams units, so that's something we'll have to watch for - probably at A-Day.
3. Homecoming is October 16 against Ole Miss. Thoughts? Is it ever good to play an SEC squad for homecoming?
I see no problem with scheduling an SEC team for Homecoming. While some people have gotten the notion that the homecoming game is always against a weaker or inferior team, a lot of teams prefer a big game for homecoming to draw out more of the alumni and fans. I believe Alabama has been the homecoming game for several teams in the SEC over the years. Homecoming isn't to schedule an easy win - it's for alumni coming home. The opponent really doesn't matter in that case.
4. What does the Menzie injury do to Alabama’s projected depth in the secondary?
It definitely shortens it, but I think we were planning to play with low-depth anyway. Injuries happen and I believe the coaching staff will find a way to get the best players on the field at all times. It doesn't worry me, but it does definitely shorten the depth. Don't forget that Menzie was going to be pretty new to things, and there was no guarantee he would have been a phenomenal asset this year anyway.
5. Happy that Duke won the tournament? Happy the basketball season is finally over?
Honestly, I really don't like Duke, so I'm glad they're done. However, I'm a huge college basketball fan, so I hate to see the season end. I grew up playing basketball and football, and basketball was always my favorite sport to play because it's a lot faster. I'll definitely be following the basketball recruiting to see what happens because I enjoy it when the Tide is successful. I think Anthony Grant is on to something here in T-Town.