Report: Bama running back Alvin Kamara will transfer

Anniston StarJanuary 17, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's backfield just got a little less crowded.

Running back Alvin Kamara was granted his release from the Crimson Tide and will transfer, according to 247Sports.

The report says Kamara spoke with Tide coach Nick Saban and that both parties agreed it was best he transfer.

Kamara is the second player to transfer this month after walk-on quarterback Luke Del Rio announced his plans to leave the team via Twitter.

Kamara, from Norcross, Ga., was one of four highly touted running backs in the Tide's 2013 recruiting class. He didn't see the field this season.

Kamara's brief ride with the Tide wasn't smooth.

He was suspended for the Sugar Bowl and also missed LSU week for what Saban called "behavior reasons."

He also had knee surgery during preseason practice.

Coker may compete for starting QB spot next season

Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker continues to be floated around as a potential candidate to compete for the starting job at Alabama in 2014.

Former Tide wide receiver Kevin Norwood added a little fuel to the fire on Friday. In an interview with "The Game" on Tide 99.1, Norwood was asked who he thought would be the guy to replace three-year starter AJ McCarron.

"They got a guy coming in from Florida State," Norwood said. "I don't know too much about him, but I've heard good things about him."

Coker, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound redshirt sophomore, battled Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for the starting job at Florida State before the 2013 season.

As the backup in some mop-up duty, Coker attempted 36 passes and completed 18 for 250 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. His season ended early with a knee injury.

If Coker graduates in the spring or summer, he'll be eligible to play immediately and will have two years of eligibility left.

At the BCS National Championship Game in December, Coker called the speculation of him transferring to Alabama nothing more than "rumors."

"I haven't told anybody that," Coker told "I think it's just assumptions."

Coker wasn't highly touted coming out of high school. He was a three-star prospect and the No. 15 pro-style quarterback, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

With walk-on quarterback Luke Del Rio announcing his plans to transfer, senior Blake Sims, redshirt sophomore Alec Morris, redshirt freshmen Cooper Bateman and Parker McLeod and early enrollee David Cornwell remain as options for the Tide heading into next season.

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