We are just two weeks away from game week, so we’re going to start looking at each position group as we begin to piece together the depth chart for UAB football.
We’ll start with the quarterback position, which is actually one of the most solidified position groups.
The clear number one for the Blazers is redshirt junior A.J. Erdely. He started his college career at Middle Tennessee, but then transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast. He’s been very impressive in every scrimmage the Blazers have had, and should be a leader on offense for this team.
Tyler Johnston III is the clear back-up at quarterback as he’s been pushing Erdely since the first scrimmage last fall. He was the Alabama Football Player of the Year out of Spanish Fort in 2015. The redshirt freshman is expected to see the field plenty this year, even as a back-up.
Both of these quarterbacks have similar skill sets as they both can run, but Erdely appears to be the better passer at this point. Johnston is probably the better runner, which is why I think you’ll see him in more running situations. But Erdely is a very good runner himself.
Both quarterbacks have good size, but Erdely is bigger at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds compared to 6-foot-2, 215 for Johnston.
I think both of these quarterbacks are poised and ready to do the job for UAB, which is a great feeling going into a season. Especially for a team in their first year.
Coach Clark recently said that Kylen Binn is third on the depth chart at quarterback. The 6-foot-6, 245 pound redshirt junior has the size to play tight end — and with the injuries there he could make the switch — but for now, he’s done enough to be third in line at quarterback.
Behind him is 6-foot-3, 215 pound redhshirt junior Michael Turner.
There are two other quarterbacks currently listed on the UAB roster in redshirt sophomore Joseph Willis and redshirt junior Jeremy Joseph.
It’s hard to know for sure what you’re going to get out of any of these quarterbacks since we haven’t seen much from them for quite some time, especially not at the Division 1 level.
Still, I feel really good about our top two guys and think they will be able to do enough to move this offense. It’s also nice to see that a freshman in Johnston is pushing for playing time. The quarterback position should be in good shape for several years.