Saban: QB questions come right back to line

HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama’s Nick Saban says any quarterback questions come right back to the blockers.

With Greg McElroy expected to replace John Parker Wilson at quarterback, he’ll be without three of last season’s starting linemen, including All-Americans Antoine Caldwell and Andre Smith.

Saban stressed the importance of that group in a quarterback’s success Thursday at SEC media days.

He said James Carpenter showed he could be “a functional” SEC left tackle during spring practice. William Vlachos appears to be the leader at center. The group will be led by preseason all-conference guard Mike Johnson.

The defense has eight returning starters instead of the expected nine. Linebacker Brandon Fanney was not listed on the media guide roster, but his plans weren’t immediately clear.

The Associated Press