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Tide roll with in-state quarterbacks

With recruiting pressure intense, Alabama has thrived with homegrown QBs

Updated: January 18, 2012, 3:41 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

When Terry Bowden was coaching at Samford University in 1990, his father, then-Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, stopped by his office during a recruiting visit to Birmingham, Ala.

Terry Bowden's secretary, Barbara Barker, asked the elder Bowden for a favor.

"Coach Bowden, would you mind going to see my son?" Barker asked him. "It would make his day."

Jay Barker was the starting quarterback at Hewitt-Trussville High School (Trussville, Ala.) but wasn't receiving ...

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