TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One of the potential problems that the University of Alabama has in developing defensive game plans for the upcoming 2016 season is that a lot of them might have to be significantly reworked during the weeks and months ahead.
Roughly half of the teams have yet to name a starting quarterback, and in some cases those competing have a very different style of play.
Mississippi State is a good example. Head coach Dan Mullen doesn’t appear to be close to naming a starter between sophomores Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley, junior Damian Williams and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano.
At this point it wouldn’t be surprising to see all four get playing time and more than one to start before the Bulldogs visit Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 12.
Similarly, Southern California and Auburn will be holding quarterback competitions during training camp (more on that later).
On the flip side, Arkansas has already named Austin Allen its new starter, and Kentucky did likewise with Drew Barker, but Western Kentucky has hit a major snag in trying to replace three-year starter Brandon Doughty. Heir apparent, Nelson Fishback, recently suffered a torn pectoral muscle requiring surgery.
The Hilltoppers visit the Crimson Tide on Sept. 10 (2:20 p.m., ESPN2.)