November 19, 1994 |
Jay Barker is one of those quarterbacks who appears to be a nonentity, almost invisible in a sport bristling with immensely talented passers with Pepsodent smiles. The Alabama senior is the type that the defenses might take lightly as they seek out running back Sherman Williams, the Southeast Conference's leading rusher, in hopes of stopping the uncomplicated Crimson Tide attack. Barker's a Stealth quarterback. You are barely aware of his presence before the bombs start to fall.
September 28, 1995 |
New England coach Bill Parcells said yesterday that there was a chance that injured quarterback Drew Bledsoe would suit up Sunday at Atlanta. He also said rookie quarterback Jay Barker probably would be signed from the practice squad. Bledsoe could be the emergency quarterback if starter Scott Zolak and Barker get hurt. Bledsoe hasn't practiced since separating a shoulder against San Francisco on Sept. 17. Zolak, in his fifth season with the Patriots, has thrown 111 passes and started only four games.
December 3, 1994 |
Aesthetics have no place in Alabama's playbook. The Crimson Tide don't try to appeal to the eye and certainly is no slave to gridiron fashion. For Gene Stallings' third-ranked team, it is chic to have more points on the scoreboard than your opponent. Quite a contrast with the sixth-ranked Florida Gators, Alabama's opponent in today's Southeast Conference championship game. Steve Spurrier runs a thrill-a-minute, "Fun 'n' Gun" offense at Florida. The Tide are stoic, conservative and as plain as a manila folder, mimicking the personality of Stallings, who played for Paul "Bear" Bryant in the mid- 1950s at Texas A&M. Stallings doesn't believe in wasting a perfectly good touchdown on an opponent that's already whipped.
December 31, 1992 |
Jay Barker has no trouble accepting his role as the "other" quarterback in tomorrow night's national championship showdown between Alabama and Miami at the Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide's 6-3 sophomore can appreciate what Miami's Gino Torretta has accomplished, winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Hurricanes to 23 straight wins and a piece of the 1991 national title. But Barker says it could be a mistake writing off Alabama as the "other" team. "All year long, everybody's criticized our schedule," Barker said.
September 4, 1991 |
The ghost of a legendary coach and the rich tradition of Alabama football await any visiting team at Legion Field. But the Temple Owls, who open their season there Saturday, seem more concerned with the Crimson Tide's current players, one in particular. Forget about Bear Bryant and Kenny Stabler and Joe Namath. The Owls are thinking of Siran Stacy. "We're going to try to work on Siran Stacy," defensive tackle Swift Burch, a Temple co-captain, said of Alabama's tailback. Stacy, who was trumpeted as a Heisman Trophy candidate before injuring his left knee in the Tide's 1990 season opener, will be making his first appearance since rehabilitating the knee after surgery to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament.
November 20, 1994 |
For most of the season, Alabama has operated outside the glare of the national spotlight. But yesterday it danced smack dab into the middle of it. The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide set out to prove to the rest of the country that it should not take a back seat to Penn State and Nebraska, the nation's only other unbeaten and untied teams. And it made a convincing argument - manhandling sixth-ranked Auburn, 21-14, before a capacity crowd of more than 83,091 at Legion Field. The victory ran Alabama's record to 11-0 and threw the Tide solidly into the chase for the national championship while handing the Tigers (9-1-1)
October 16, 1993 |
Heath Shuler, one of the smoothest quarterbacks in the nation, and Jay Barker, one of the most persistent, will face off this afternoon when Tennessee takes on Alabama at Legion Field. Tennessee's Shuler, who already has set a single-season school record with 18 touchdown passes, is agile and has a fluid throwing motion. He provides the finesse for a rugged Tennessee offense. Barker, a fire-in-the-belly field general, often is unnoticed on an Alabama team that bristles with defensive weapons, but a look at his statistics can be startling.
October 10, 1994 |
The second-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers might have to play 19th-ranked Kansas State on Saturday with their third-string quarterback. The Cornhuskers wound up with seldom-used sophomore Matt Turman at quarterback throughout the second half of their 32-3 victory over Oklahoma State, mostly for handoffs and runs. In the first half, starter Brook Berringer suffered a partially collapsed lung. Berringer, a junior, was taken to Nebraska's Student Health Center at halftime for X-rays, which proved positive.
October 17, 1993 |
Every soul at Legion Field had to know what was coming once David Palmer settled under the center, but it didn't matter. With defeat staring his defending national champions in the face, Alabama coach Gene Stallings put Palmer - a flanker and one of the team's swiftest and most agile runners - at quarterback with the Tide seeking a two-point conversion to salvage a tie with 21 seconds left on the clock. The Crimson Tide's line was unbalanced to the left and Palmer took the snap and sprinted wide right.
January 7, 2013 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - There are more than a few Alabama folks who will tell you that junior AJ McCarron could be the best quarterback the Crimson Tide has had since, dare we say, Joe Namath. With apologies to Richard Todd (or was that Jay Barker?), that was nearly half a century ago. Yet when most people think about the defending national champions, the passing game probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe it's defense, even if this one isn't Nick Saban's strongest.