Every Alabama football season-opening starting quarterback for the last 20 years (2024)

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Aug. 31, 2002: Tyler Watts Season-opener vs. Middle Tennessee stats: 2002 Season stats: Aug. 30, 2003: Brodie Croyle Season-opener vs. South Florida (W, 40-17): 2003 Season stats: Sept. 4, 2004: Brodie Croyle Season-opener vs. Utah State (W, 48-17): 2004 Season stats: Sept. 3, 2005: Brodie Croyle Season-opener vs. Middle Tennessee (W, 26-7): 2005 Season stats: Sept. 2, 2006: John Parker Wilson Season-opener vs. Hawai’i (W, 25-17): 2006 Season stats: Sept. 1, 2007: John Parker Wilson Season-opener vs. Western Carolina (W, 52-6): 2007 Season stats: Aug. 30, 2008: John Parker Wilson Season-opener vs. Clemson (W, 34-10): 2008 Season stats: Sept. 5, 2009: Greg McElroy Season-opener vs. Virginia Tech (W, 34-24): 2009 Season stats: Sept. 4, 2010: Greg McElroy Season-opener vs. San Jose State (W, 48-3): 2010 Season stats: Sept. 3, 2011: AJ McCarron Season-opener vs. Kent State (W, 48-7): 2011 Season stats: Sept. 1, 2012: AJ McCarron Season-opener vs. Michigan (W, 41-14): 2012 Season stats: Aug. 31, 2013: AJ McCarron Season-opener vs. Virginia Tech (W, 35-10): 2013 Season stats: Aug. 30, 2014: Blake Sims Season-opener vs. West Virginia (W, 33-23): 2014 Season stats: Sept. 5, 2015: Jake co*ker Season-opener vs. Wisconsin (W, 35-17): 2015 Season stats: Sept. 3, 2016: Blake Barnett Season-opener vs. USC (W, 52-6): 2016 Season stats: Sept. 2, 2017: Jalen Hurts Season-opener vs. Florida State (W, 24-7): 2017 Season stats: Sept. 1, 2018: Tua Tagovailoa Season-opener vs. Louisville (W, 51-14): 2018 Season stats: Aug. 31, 2019: Tua Tagovailoa Season-opener vs. Duke (W, 42-3): 2019 Season stats: Sept. 26, 2020: Mac Jones Season-opener vs. Missouri (W, 38-19): 2020 Season stats: Sept. 4, 2021: Bryce Young Season-opener vs. Miami (W, 44-13): 2021 Season stats:

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April 11, 2022 5:40 pm CT

Alabama football fell just short of the national championship last season, but there’s good reason to expect them to make another run for title No. 19 in 2022. For starters, the Crimson Tide will get back quarterback Bryce Young for at least one more season.

Young was a first-year starter in 2021 as a sophom*ore with the program. Some had questioned whether he would be able to live up to those who came before him: Mac Jones, Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts.

The young quarterback responded in the best way possible. He won the Heisman Trophy.

With Young being the clear and undisputed starting quarterback for 2022, let’s go back in time and revisit the last 20 season-opening quarterbacks for the Crimson Tide.

Aug. 31, 2002: Tyler Watts

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Season-opener vs. Middle Tennessee stats:

  • 16/22 completions, 235 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

2002 Season stats:

  • 61.9% completion, 1,414 yards, 7 TDs, 4 INTs

Aug. 30, 2003: Brodie Croyle

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Season-opener vs. South Florida (W, 40-17):

  • 14/27 completions, 203 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

2003 Season stats:

  • 53.4% completion, 2,303 yards, 16 TDs, 13 INTs

Sept. 4, 2004: Brodie Croyle

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Season-opener vs. Utah State (W, 48-17):

  • 16/22 completions, 205 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

2004 Season stats:

  • 66.7% completion, 534 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs (3 Games)

Sept. 3, 2005: Brodie Croyle

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Season-opener vs. Middle Tennessee (W, 26-7):

  • 16/24 completions, 210 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs

2005 Season stats:

  • 59.6% completion, 2,499 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs

Sept. 2, 2006: John Parker Wilson

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Season-opener vs. Hawai’i (W, 25-17):

  • 16/29 completions, 253 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

2006 Season stats:

  • 57% completion, 2,707 yards, 17 TDs, 10 INTs

Sept. 1, 2007: John Parker Wilson

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Season-opener vs. Western Carolina (W, 52-6):

  • 17/25 completions, 189 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

2007 Season stats:

  • 55.2% completion, 2,846 yards, 18 TDs, 12 INTs

Aug. 30, 2008: John Parker Wilson

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Season-opener vs. Clemson (W, 34-10):

  • 22/30 completions, 180 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

2008 Season stats:

  • 57.9% completion, 2,273 yards, 10 TDs, 8 INTs

Sept. 5, 2009: Greg McElroy

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Season-opener vs. Virginia Tech (W, 34-24):

  • 15/30 completions, 230 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

2009 Season stats:

  • 60.9% completion, 2,508 yards, 17 TDs, 4 INTs

Sept. 4, 2010: Greg McElroy

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Season-opener vs. San Jose State (W, 48-3):

  • 13/16 completions, 218 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs

2010 Season stats:

  • 70.9% completion, 2,987 yards, 20 TDs, 5 INTs

Sept. 3, 2011: AJ McCarron

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Season-opener vs. Kent State (W, 48-7):

  • 14/23 completions, 226 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs

2011 Season stats:

  • 66.8% completion, 2,634 yards, 16 TDs, 5 INTs

Sept. 1, 2012: AJ McCarron

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Season-opener vs. Michigan (W, 41-14):

  • 11/21 completions, 199 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

2012 Season stats:

  • 67.2% completion, 2,933 yards, 20 TDs, 3 INTs

Aug. 31, 2013: AJ McCarron

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Season-opener vs. Virginia Tech (W, 35-10):

  • 10/23 completions, 110 yards, 1 TDs, 1 INT

2013 Season stats:

  • 67.3% completion, 3,063 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs

Aug. 30, 2014: Blake Sims

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Season-opener vs. West Virginia (W, 33-23):

  • 24/33 completions, 250 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT

2014 Season stats:

  • 64.5% completion, 3,487 yards, 28 TDs, 10 INTs

Sept. 5, 2015: Jake co*ker

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Season-opener vs. Wisconsin (W, 35-17):

  • 15/21 completions, 213 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INTs

2015 Season stats:

  • 66.9% completion, 3,110 yards, 21 TDs, 8 INTs

Sept. 3, 2016: Blake Barnett

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Season-opener vs. USC (W, 52-6):

  • 5/6 completions, 100 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INTs

2016 Season stats:

  • 57.9% completion, 219 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs (3 Games)

Sept. 2, 2017: Jalen Hurts

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Season-opener vs. Florida State (W, 24-7):

  • 10/18 completions, 98 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs

2017 Season stats:

  • 60.4% completion, 2,081 yards, 17 TDs, 1 INTs

Sept. 1, 2018: Tua Tagovailoa

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Season-opener vs. Louisville (W, 51-14):

  • 12/16 completions, 227 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

2018 Season stats:

  • 69% completion, 3,966 yards, 43 TDs, 6 INTs

Aug. 31, 2019: Tua Tagovailoa

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Season-opener vs. Duke (W, 42-3):

  • 26/31 completions, 336 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs

2019 Season stats:

  • 71.4% completion, 2,840 yards, 33 TDs, 3 INTs

Sept. 26, 2020: Mac Jones

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Season-opener vs. Missouri (W, 38-19):

  • 18/24 completions, 249 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

2020 Season stats:

  • 77.4% completion, 4,500 yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs

Sept. 4, 2021: Bryce Young

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Season-opener vs. Miami (W, 44-13):

  • 27/38 completions, 344 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs

2021 Season stats:

  • 66.9% completion, 4,872 yards, 47 TDs, 7 INTs
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