When Bryce Young was selected first overall in the NFL Draft, it was a celebration for the Alabama Crimson Tide. It also represented a big problem for Nick Saban and the coaching staff. How do you replace a legend?
There are several quarterbacks to choose from, including last season’s backup, Jalen Milroe, and Notre Dame transfer, Tyler Buchner. One option that has sometimes been overlooked is Ty Simpson, a young quarterback with tons of potential.
Clearly, Ty Simpson has been putting in the work to get better this offseason and compete for that starting job. He’s even shown off his progress in an offseason workout that you can watch, here:
It can sometimes be difficult to learn a lot from a quarterback throwing the ball without a defense and while they’re wearing shorts. However, it’s hard not to be impressed by how strong of a passer Ty Simpson is and just how solid his fundamentals look. It makes it clear why he’s such an exciting prospect.
According to the On3 Industry Rankings, Simpson was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2022. In that 2022 cycle, he was the 25th-ranked player overall and the second-ranked quarterback, only behind Cade Klubnik.
In 2022, Ty Simpson did get into four games, preserving his redshirt moving forward.
Which Alabama quarterback fits Tommy Rees’ offense?
Along with needing a new quarterback, Alabama is also adjusting to a new offensive coordinator in Tommy Rees. Rees is coming to Alabama from Notre Dame, like quarterback Tyler Buchner. So, it would make sense that he would start.
“Tyler Buchner’s a guy, there’s a reason they went out and added him in the transfer portal,” Lamb said. “Obviously, they weren’t happy with what they got out of the position throughout the spring. Jalen Milroe is the most experienced guy. He’s been working with the first team, probably the most. And then I think Ty Simpson is actually the guy who makes the most sense, and that’s who I would probably go with right now.”
So, Lamb thinks Alabama is more likely to go with Simpson than the more experienced Buchner or Milroe.
“But I think Ty Simpson, right now, would probably be my favorite. Just because I think he’s got a great command of the offense. I think the thumb injury did affect him during A Day quite a bit. But, he had a couple of drives where he was really able to string together some quality plays. And I know that’s something Tommy Rees looks for out of his quarterbacks. So, as far as being the best representation of a quarterback that can thrive in Tommy Rees’ system, I would probably say Ty Simpson, even though I also think Buchner could survive as well,” Lamb said.