Last weekend, Alabama coach Nick Saban said three players had separated themselves from the pack in a crowded spring quarterback competition -- Blake Sims, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris.

Asked Tuesday night about Jacob Coker, the Mobile native and transfer from Florida State who will arrive this summer, and his place in the competition, Saban mentioned only two of them.

"We're really looking forward to Jacob coming in," Saban said. "We think he's an outstanding young man and certainly the kind of person we really look forward to have in our program in terms of his character, his attitude. He's certainly a guy we coveted in high school and thought he was a very, very good player. We're anxious to get him there so that he can learn and develop and compete for the job.

"Cooper Bateman and Blake Sims have both done a nice job this spring and are improving very nicely, so we want them to continue to progress and when Jacob comes in, give him every opportunity to see what he can do."

According to statistics released by UA, Sims was 16-of-23 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in a scrimmage last Saturday. Bateman, a redshirt freshman, was 14-of-24 for 102 yards and Morris completed 9 of 12 passes for 57 yards.