As spring practice rolls along for Alabama, the quarterbacks battling for the starting job have more and more time to make an impression on teammates and coaches.

While it's still early in camp, head coach Nick Saban spoke on two of the candidates and explained what it would take to win the job next fall.

The first player he provided an update on was junior Cooper Bateman, who has spent the most time in the program out of the group.

"Cooper has done a good job" Saban said. "He obviously has the most knowledge and experience with the offense. He's also the guy that's probably got more reps with the ones than everybody else, and he's done a nice job.

"I think there's things he needs to work on, and we need to work on with him, so that he can go out there and play with the kind of confidence and be the kind of leader and be the kind of decision-maker that we need to play winning football."

Along with Bateman, redshirt sophomore David Cornwell has more than two years in the program. Saban also had some positive things to say about the Oklahoma native.

"David is having a good spring so far.  David has a really good arm. His arm talent is probably as good as anybody we have. His accuracy is good. He's smart, very bright guy. I think he has enough experience in the offense for having been around here a while to really have a good understanding of it. I think he's made a lot of progress."

Although no one has separated from the pack, Saban provided a clear criteria for the player that becomes his next signal caller.

"The guy that wins the quarterback job is the guy is going to be the guy that wins the team over with his ability to play on a consistent basis, make the kind of choices and decisions and show the kind of leadership to affect other people, and I think this is something that everybody in the group needs to work on."

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