List of Alabama Crimson Tide starting quarterbacks

This is a list of every Alabama Crimson Tide football team quarterback and the years they participated on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Alabama quarterbacks have played prominent roles in American society off the gridiron as well. Both Farley Moody and Charlie Joplin died while serving in the First World War.

Starting quarterbacks

AJ McCarron 2012-11-24 (cropped)
AJ McCarron in 2012.

1933 to present

The following players were the starting quarterbacks for the Crimson Tide each season since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1933.

Name Season(s) Started Notability References
Tua Tagovailoa 2018–present Tua Tagovailoa won critical acclaim for his 2nd half performance in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship where he led Alabama to a come-from-behind overtime win against the Georgia Bulldogs. Tagovailoa won the starting job in the 2018 off-season, and started his first game on September 1 against the Louisville Cardinals
Jalen Hurts 2016–2018 Hurts was the first freshman to start at QB for Nick Saban. He led Alabama to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, which Alabama lost to Clemson, 35–31. In 2018, he led Alabama to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, where he was replaced during the game by Tua Tagovailoa.
Blake Barnett 2016 Barnett started the first game of the 2016 season against USC. He was replaced by Jalen Hurts, who became the starting quarterback. After limited playing time in the next few games, Barnett chose to quit the program and transfer to a junior college, and then to Arizona State where he was the backup QB behind Manny Wilkins. Currently he is the starting QB for South Florida University Bulls.
Jake Coker 2015 Coker led Alabama to the 2016 national championship, where they defeated Clemson, 45–40.
Blake Sims 2014 Sims was named starting quarterback just prior to their season opener against West Virginia after he won a prolonged competition against Jake Coker. Against Florida, Sims set a school record for total offense in a single game with his 484 yards that included 39 total yards rushing. Sims threw for 3,487 yards (a single season record) with 28 touchdowns. He also added 7 rushing touchdowns and 350 yards on the ground. He led the Tide to win the 2014 SEC Championship, in which he was the game's MVP. [1][2]
AJ McCarron 20112013 McCarron led the Crimson Tide to the 2011 and 2012 national championships and graduated as Alabama's career leader in passing yardage (9,019), completions (686) and touchdowns (77). He also holds the record for passing touchdowns (30) in a single season. He finished runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in the 2013 season. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2014 NFL Draft. [3][4][5]
Greg McElroy 20092010 McElroy led the Crimson Tide to the 2009 national championship and was named ESPN Academic All-American of the Year for the 2010 season. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the 2011 NFL Draft. [6]
John Parker Wilson 20062008 Wilson graduated as the all-time leader in several categories that have since been eclipsed. He still holds the record for completions in a single-season (255). He went undrafted but played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers. [7]
Brodie Croyle 20022005 Croyle graduated as the all-time leader in several categories that have since been eclipsed. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2006 NFL Draft. [8]
Mark Guillon 2004 Guillon started a pair of games during the 2004 season after Brodie Croyle had a season-ending injury. He subsequently left the program in October 2006. [9]
Spencer Pennington 2004 Pennington started the final seven games of the 2004 season after injuries to both Brodie Croyle and Mark Guillon. He left the program in January 2005 to focus only on his baseball career with the Crimson Tide. [10]
Brandon Avalos 2003 Avalos started against Southern Miss during the 2003 season due to injuries to both Brodie Croyle and Spencer Pennington. He left the program in January 2004. [11]
Tyler Watts 20002002
Andrew Zow 19982000 Led Alabama to a SEC Championship in 1999 and finished his career as the all time passing yards leader (now 4th).
John David Phillips 1998 As a fifth year senior, Phillips started the first four games of the season before being replaced by Andrew Zow for the year. [12]
Freddie Kitchens 19951997
Brian Burgdorf 1995
Jay Barker 19921994 All-SEC. Barker led Alabama the 1992 national championship. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL draft.
Danny Woodson 1991
Gary Hollingsworth 19891990
David Smith 19871988
Jeff Dunn 19871989
Vince Sutton 19871988, 1984
Mike Shula 19841986
Walter Lewis 19811983 Lewis was the first black quarterback to start for the Crimson Tide and led Alabama during the final three seasons of the Bryant era. [13]
Don Jacobs 1980 [14]
Steadman S. Shealy 1979 All-SEC. Shealy led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and the 1979 national championship. [15]
Jeff Rutledge 19761978
Richard Todd 19741975 Todd was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1976 NFL draft.
Gary Rutledge 1973 Rutledge was the first of two brothers to lead a national championship team. He led Alabama to the 1973 national championship and his brother Jeff Rutledge led Alabama to the 1978 national championship. [16][17]
Terry Davis 19711972
Neb Hayden 1970
Scott Hunter 19681970
Wayne Trimble 1966
Ken Stabler 19661967 All-SEC. Super Bowl XI Champion. Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Steve Sloan 19621965
Joe Namath 19621964 All-SEC. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Super Bowl III Champion.
Pat Trammell 19591961
Bobby Jackson 1958
Bobby Smith 19561957
Clay Walls 1956
Bart Starr 19531955 Pro Football Hall of Fame. NFL 1960s All-Decade Team. Two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP (Most Valuable Player). At Alabama, he also played punter. [18]
Clell Hobson 19511952
Ed Salem 19491950
Butch Avinger 19491950
Jack Brown 1948
Hugh Morrow 1947
Hal Self 19451946
Harry Gilmer 1945 All-SEC
Jim McWhorter 19411942 1941 team won Cotton Bowl and national championship. 1942 team won Orange Bowl. Drafted by Detroit Lions after WWII service.
Chuck DeShane 19391940
Hal Hughes 19371938
Vic Bradford 19361938
Joe Riley 1936 All-SEC
Riley Smith 19341935 All-SEC

1922 to 1932

The following players were the predominant quarterbacks for the Crimson Tide each season after the establishment of the Southern Conference until the establishment of the Southeastern Conference.

Name Years Started Notability References
Tilden Campbell 19321934 [19]
John Campbell 19301931 Member of Wallace Wade's last national championship team in 1930
John Tucker 19301931 Member of Wallace Wade's last national championship team in 1930
Melvin Vines 1929
Graham McClintock 19271928
Davis Brasfield 1927
Red Barnes 19251926 Member of first southern team to win the Rose Bowl. Major League Baseball player for the Washington Senators. [20]
Allison Hubert 19241925 All-Southern, member of first southern team to win the Rose Bowl, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1964. Coach Wallace Wade called him "undoubtedly one of the greatest football players of all time." [21]
Grant Gillis 19231924 All-Southern. Quarterback in the first year under Wallace Wade. Major League Baseball player. [22]
Max Rosenfeld 1921 Major League Baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Charles Bartlett 19201922 Led team over Penn in 1922. All-Southern. Camp Honorable Mention [23]

1895 to 1921

The following players were the predominant quarterbacks for the Crimson Tide each season after the establishment of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association until the establishment of the Southern Conference.

Name Years Started Notability References
William C. Baty 1921
Riggs Stephenson 1920 Ended career at quarterback due to injuries. [24]
Luke Sewell 1919
Mullie Lenoir 1917
Dink Hagan 1913; 1917
Cecil Creen 1916 Creen ran in the touchdown to defeat Mississippi College 7 to 6. All-Southern. Camp gave him honorable mention. [25]
Griffin Harsh 19141915
Charlie Joplin 1912;1914 Killed in the First World War.
Farley Moody 19091912 He made the field goal to beat Tulane 5 to 3 in 1910. Moody scored two touchdowns, including a 40-yard punt return, and added four extra points in the 24 to 0 win over Howard in 1911. He coached the 1915 team with athletic director B. L. Noojin after coach Kelley was hospitalized with typhoid fever. Moody was killed in the First World War. [25][26]
Emory Peebles 19081910
Emile Hannon 19061907 Nicknamed "Chick." Weighed just 120 pounds. Assistant coach for Bama c. 1913. [27]
Truman Smith 1905
W. L. Ward 1904
W. S. Wyatt 19021903 Later a doctor in Lexington, Kentucky [28]
Earl Drennen 19001901
Forney Johnston 1899
Ed Tutwiler 1897 Transferred to the University of Virginia. [29]
Borden Burr 18951896 Later a corporate lawyer. [30]

1892 to 1894

The following players were the predominant quarterbacks for the Crimson Tide each season the team was a non-conference independent, following the birth of Alabama football.

Name Years Started Notability References
William Walker 18921894 Later a distinguished judge in Birmingham [30]

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