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Tide open with QB competition, 3 banned

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.

The Crimson Tide veterans hit the practice field Friday with starting nose guard Brandon Ivory, fellow defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Tim Williams suspended for violating team rules, but also with a prominent newcomer throwing passes.

Quarterback Jacob Coker made his practice debut after transferring from Florida State and arriving this summer. He and last year's backup Blake Sims are vying to replace 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron, but Tide coach Nick Saban said they're in no rush to pick a starter for the Aug. 30 opener against West Virginia.

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