Alabama opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition and a focus on rebounding from two season-ending losses.
The Crimson Tide veterans hit the practice field yesterday, and quarterback Jacob Coker made his practice debut after transferring from Florida State and arriving this summer.
Coaker and last year’s backup, Blake Sims, are vying to replace 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron, but coach Nick Saban said he’s in no rush to pick a starter for the Aug. 30 opener against West Virginia.
“It’s going to take some time and some repetition and giving some guys some opportunity to be able to sort that out,” he said. “As anxious as everybody is to know … we can’t make something happen before we get an opportunity to evaluate it fairly for everybody.”
Saban said the Tide’s challenge as a team is “to sort of resurrect our identity, in terms of what we want Alabama football to be.”
Nebraska sales lagging
With less than a month until the season opener, Nebraska still has 1,000 of its 8,500 student tickets for sale.
Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson said the school still expects to sell out the remaining tickets, but student sales have lagged nationally in recent years.
According to media reports, Michigan expects to sell 12,000 to 13,000, down from 19,000 last season. Iowa’s sales have dropped from about 10,000 to 7,000 the past two years.
Pitt suspends cornerback
Pittsburgh sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been suspended for the entire season by coach Paul Chryst.
Chryst cited disciplinary reasons when handing out the suspension.
Howard, who played in 11 games last year, will remain with the program, Chryst said, and can participate in practice.