The Top 10 Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterbacks of All Time

Former Alabama player Jalen Hurts playing Quarterback for the Eagles.
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Football just means more at Alabama.

Who made the top 10 list for quarterbacks at Alabama?

I’ve ranked them below from ten to one, sorted by passing yards.

#10 — Bryce Young (5,028 Passing Yards)

Bryce Young is the current starting quarterback at Alabama. He began playing in 2020 and is expected to enter the NFL draft after the 2022 college football season. Young won the Heisman Trophy as a Sophomore in 2021. Barring injury, expect Young to rise up this list in 2022.

#9 — Jalen Hurts (5,626 Passing Yards)

Jalen Hurts played at Alabama from 2016 to 2018. He lost the starting job at Alabama to another quarterback on this list — Tua Tagovailoa. Jalen Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, where he was the starting quarterback during the 2019 season. Hurts was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles — where he is currently the starting quarterback.

#8 — Jay Barker (5,689 Passing Yards)

Jay Barker played at Alabama from 1991 through 1994. The Crimson Tide were dominant during Barker’s career under Gene Stallings, winning 45 games, losing five, and tying once. Barker was drafted in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

#7 — Greg McElroy (5,691 Passing Yards)

Greg McElroy played at Alabama from 2007 through 2010. In his junior and senior seasons, he was the Tide’s starting quarterback (2009–2010). McElroy was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft by the New York Jets. McElroy is once again a familiar face in the college world — helping to call college football games on television.

#6 — Andrew Zow (5, 983 Passing Yards)

Andrew Zow played at Alabama from 1998 through 2001. The Crimson Tide posted only one ten-win season under Zow (1999). Zow is one of the few four-year starters at Alabama on this list.

#5 — Mac Jones (6,126 Passing Yards)

Mac Jones played at Alabama from 2018 through 2020. He stepped in as the starter in 2019 after Tua Tagovailoa was injured. He led the Crimson Tide to a National Championship in 2020. Jones was drafted fifteenth overall in the 2021 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He shows tremendous potential as an NFL starting quarterback.

#4 — Brodie Croyle (6,382 Passing Yards)

Brodie Croyle played at Alabama from 2002 through 2005. Croyle led the Tide to two ten-win seasons during his career (2002, 2005). Croyle was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. His NFL career was played entirely with the Chiefs from 2006 through 2010.

#3 — Tua Tagovailoa (7,442 Passing Yards)

Tua Tagovailoa played at Alabama from 2017 through 2019. He was an immensely talented quarterback who suffered multiple injuries during his college career. Tua was drafted fifth overall in the 2020 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, where he is currently the starting quarterback. While injuries have plagued his NFL career, he has played well when he has been healthy.

#2 — John Parker Wilson (7,924 Passing Yards)

John Parker Wilson played at Alabama from 2005 through 2008. He was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide (2006–2008). Wilson was the first starting quarterback of the Nick Saban era at Alabama.

#1 — A.J. McCarron (9,019 Passing Yards)

A.J. McCarron played at Alabama from 2010 through 2013. He was also a three-year starter at Alabama (2011–2013). The Tide won back-to-back National Championships with McCarron as the starter (2011, 2012). McCarron was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was primarily a backup in the NFL from 2015 through 2020.

So Bama fans — which of these quarterbacks do you remember best? Which was your favorite at Alabama?

For everyone else — we remember getting beat by many of these guys.

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