David Cornwell has become the third quarterback to leave the Alabama football program this season, leaving starter Jalen Hurts as the only scholarship player under center.
Alabama seems to be in good hands with freshman quarterback and SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts under center, but the depth at the position has taken another blow as David Cornwell has announced his intentions to transfer from the program.
Cornwell joins Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett as the third quarterback to leave the program this season, including the second this week as Bateman announced on Monday that he too would be leaving Tuscaloosa.
As a redshirt sophomore, Cornwell saw limited action late in games against Kent State and Mississippi State this season after seeing no time on the field in 2015.
Cornwell announced his intentions on Twitter and said thank you to his teammates and coaches.
“I’ve had the experience of a lifetime attending and graduating from the University of Alabama. I have made great friends and learned a lot from my coaches and teammates. I’ve celebrated all of our successes as a member of the team. At the same time, my dream is to get on the field and contribute. I’ve put in the work and although I didn’t have that opportunity at Alabama, I look forward to joining another program for my final two years of eligibility. A big thank you to Coach Saban for my time here. Roll Tide!”
As a graduate, Cornwell should be able to play immediately per the NCAA graduate transfer rule starting next season.
This leaves Alabama in a precarious position heading into the College Football Playoff, as Hurts remains the only scholarship quarterback on roster, and most importantly, the only with experience.
The Crimson Tide have two four-star quarterback commitments in their 2017 recruiting class, with Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones coming to most likely back up Hurts.
(UPDATE: Per The Tuscaloosa News, both Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell were at the Alabama facility and working out today and are expected to practice with the team next week.)